December 31, 2019 / 5:00 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. personnel of embassy in Baghdad secure: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All American personnel of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad are secure and there has been no breach of the facility, where protesters and militia fighters enraged by U.S. air strikes on Iraq staged a violent protest on Tuesday, the State Department said.

A State Department spokesperson said the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Matt Tueller, had been on previously scheduled personal travel for more than a week and reports that he had been evacuated are false.

The official said Tueller was returning to the embassy and there are no plans for an evacuation of the facility.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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