Top News

U.S. embassy in Baghdad suspends consular operations - statement

A U.S. Army soldier is seen at a watchtower of the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn air strikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said on Wednesday that all public consular operations were suspended, a day after Iran-backed militias and their supporters stormed its outer perimeter, setting fires, throwing rocks and smashing surveillance cameras.

“Due to militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice. All future appointments are cancelled. U.S. citizens are advised to not approach the embassy,” it said in a statement.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Alison Williams