The embassy said in a statement that the U.S. State Department had ordered the pullout of the employees from both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil.
“Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended,” the embassy said, recommending that those affected depart as soon as possible.
It was unclear how many staff would leave.
On Tuesday, the U.S. military reaffirmed concerns about possible imminent threats from Iran to its troops in Iraq, although a senior British commander cast doubt on that and Tehran has called it “psychological warfare.”
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has stepped up sanctions pressure by ending waivers for some countries to purchase Iranian oil, part of efforts to roll back the Islamic Republic’s expanding regional clout.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday he was getting indications from talks with both the U.S. and Iran that “things will end well” in spite of the rhetoric.
Washington has sent additional military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles in a show of force against what U.S. officials have said is a threat to its troops and interests in the region.
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has said Tehran would retaliate against any aggressive U.S. moves.
Spokesman for the U.S. State Department, Morgan Ortagus said the decision to withdraw non-emergency staff was based on a security assessment, but, however, did not give details on how many personnel were leaving.
“Ensuring the safety of U.S. government personnel and citizens is our highest priority and we are confident in the Iraqi security services’ ability to protect us.
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