ANKARA

The U.S. on Friday urged American citizens to leave Iraq immediately in the aftermath of an airstrike that killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad.

“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately,” the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy asked its citizens to leave Iraq by air or relocate to a second-country via land routes.

“Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound [in Baghdad], all public consular operations are suspended until further notice,” it said.

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