NPR: State Department Orders Many U.S. Government Employees Out Of Iraq


The State Department ordered “non-emergency” U.S. government employees out of Iraq on Wednesday. A helicopter carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen taking off from Baghdad International Airport last week.

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The State Department has ordered all “non-emergency” U.S. government employees to leave Iraq right away.

The travel advisory specifically orders the departure of employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Irbil (sometimes spelled Erbil), noting that “normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts.”


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