The United States Government has asked its citizens in Iraq to leave immediately due to heightened tensions in the country and the region.
A tweet by the US State Department for travels reads: “Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, we urge U.S. citizens to depart Iraq immediately. Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all consular operations are suspended. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy”.
Iraqi militia officials and the country’s state TV channel announced that Soleimani had been killed in an airstrike alongside a top Iraqi militia leader just outside the country’s main airport. The Iraqi, Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, who is better known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, is closely associated with attacks against the US dating to 1982.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has called for emergency meeting of Parliament after maintaining that by the “assassination” of the the Iraqi militia leader, the US carried out an “act of aggression” and breached the deal that permits the presence of American forces in Iraq.