Washington orders some US government employees to leave Iraq

A general view shows the Citadel of Erbil in Erbil, Iraq April 23, 2017. (Reuters pic)

ERBIL: The US State Department on Wednesday ordered the departure of ‘non-emergency government employees’ from Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement.

Referring to the embassy and the U.S. consulate in Erbil, it said ‘normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Iraq.’

The statement recommended those affected ‘depart by commercial transportation as soon as possible’.