Americans urged to immediately leave Iraq as Iran promises to avenge Soleimani’s death

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, killed in a US strike./COURTESY

US citizens residing in Iraq have been urged to leave the country immediately.

This follows heightened tensions between United States of America and Iran after an overnight US drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump on Baghdad airport killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of Islamic revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Iran.

The United States embassy in Baghdad called on all US citizens to leave Iraq immediately followed the heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.

“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, we urge U.S. citizens to depart Iraq immediately. Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all consular operations are suspended. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy,” said the statement

Washington is accusing Soleimani for allegedly being the architect of Tehran’s proxy conflicts in the Middle East.

Iran threatened on Friday to hit back hard after the U.S. air strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani.

Soleimani, a general, was regarded as the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.