State Dept Urges US Citizens To Leave Iraq After Trump-Authorized Strike On Iranian Leader

US President Donald Trump makes a video call to the troops stationed worldwide at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Florida, on December 24, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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President Trump authorized a drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq that assassinated a top Iranian official, according to multiple reports.

The U.S. State Department is now urging all U.S. citizens in Iraq to leave the country immediately as the region braces for possible retaliation from the Iranian military.

“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately,” the State Department said in a statement posted early Friday. “U.S. citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land. Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy.”

The drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, a top military official with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to multiple reports, Trump personally called for the attack. Late Thursday evening the Pentagon confirmed the strike had killed Soleimani. At least seven others are believed to be dead as well. According to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the attack came in response to ongoing strikes from an Iranian-backed militia against U.S. forces in the region, including an attack last week that left one U.S. civilian dead and four American service members injured. The years-long ongoing strikes are believed to have been orchestrated by Soleimani.

“Gen. Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement Friday. “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”

Iranian officials, however, are characterizing the strike as an act of terrorism. The country’s foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted Friday saying the move was a “foolish escalation.”

An adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said publicly Friday that Iran would retaliate against U.S. troops in the area, whom he called “insidious beasts.”

“I am telling Americans, especially Trump, we will take a revenge that will change their daylight into a nighttime darkness,” Khamenei adviser Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said, according to multiple reports.

Trump has been at odds with Iran throughout his entire presidency, notably pulling the U.S. out of an Obama-era nuclear peace treaty with Iran in May 2018.

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  1. Nothing like having a solid plan to contain and control the consequences of your impulsive actions.

    Something like, “Run for your lives!”

  2. Leave how, exactly?

    They attacked the Baghdad airport, shutting it down.

    And the overland, through the desert, routes don’t end in a whole lot of friendly places.

  3. Rambo veterans. They’ve seen it all. Fake blood, stuntmen and blanks. JFC. Another hot spot created by draft dodgers safe at home. Can you imagine what it must be like ……right now….to be an American civil engineer in Iraq? Perhaps you work on clean water supplies or building bridges but your State Department issued a warning this morning: don’t dare try to make it to the American Embassy and get the hell out of Iraq anyway you can. Drive if you can’t get to the airport. And while you’re getting that memo the head of that rinky dink department of state is saying “American lives are safer”. This about being that engineer or school teacher.

    There are about 5,500 American soldiers in Iraq. Just to the north Iran has 400,000. They have tac air, artillery, long range missiles …the whole show. And they have a leader no more stable than Trump. A religious fanatic with nothing to lose. Except his face so he’s going to do something. Americans will die. They must no matter the cost.

    5,500 kids stuck in a shit hole with a draft dodging ego maniacal golfer running their show. And the shit is going to hit their fan. Not the 17th hole in Mar a Largo. Some will die and many will suffer life changing injury physical or mental. They’ll come home and question their worth and whether they fit. Nothing will make sense. Eventually they’ll learn to fake it and cry when it breaks out at the wrong times. Fucking Rambo veterans…….and “thank you for your service” asshole Americans.

  4. You can drive…to Syria or Iran. Sounds good. Or take a long 1 lane road to nowhere with jihadi check points every 10 clicks. What a fucking tub of guts Pompeo is.

  5. I’d like to know how much of the “intelligence” supposedly justifying the assassination came from Israel or Saudi Arabia, who have their own bloody agendas.

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