The U.S. State Dept. has ordered its non-emergency personnel to leave Iraq as soon as possible, reports ABC News.
Wednesday's directive applies to U.S. diplomatic staff at the Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. consulate in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Contractors are not affected by the announcement, reported the New York Times.
The department asked employees to leave via commercial transportation and monitor the news and State Dept. travel warnings.