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Imminent Threat: State Department Pulls Staff From Iraq

The State Department has ordered all non-emergency staff stationed in Iraq to leave the country immediately as credible threats of attack from Iran continue.

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The State Department urged staff to take the following actions in an official security alert:

Depart Iraq by commercial transportation as soon as possible
Avoid U.S. facilities within Iraq
Monitor local media for updates
Review personal security plans
Remain aware of surroundings
Review the complete Travel Advisory for Iraq
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Ahead of a surprise trip to Baghdad last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters it is his job to keep diplomats and U.S. Embassy personnel.

"As the Secretary of State I have a responsibility to keep the officers that work for me safe each and every day, all around the world. That includes in Irbil and Baghdad, in our facilities in Oman, all around the Middle East and so anytime we receive threat reporting we do everything we can both to do all that we can to make sure those planned or contemplated attacks don't take place and to make sure we have the right security posture. The American people should know, we've done that," he said. 

Capitol Hill is paying close attention.

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