US official: US embassy in Baghdad continues its normal activities

A US official told Al Jazeera that the US ambassador to Baghdad is still in the embassy building and that the embassy will continue to operate normally, according to Middle East News.

The official stressed that the health of citizens and embassy staff and the security of facilities used by Americans are at the top of US priorities.

He added that Matthew Toller, the US ambassador to Baghdad, is still present at the embassy building and that the embassy would continue to operate normally.

Earlier, the US base Axius announced the US decision to close its embassy in Baghdad on the eve of the anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Solaimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes due to security reports of possible attacks.

Earlier, Middle East News published a confidential document from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, which stated that there was information about the plan of some armed groups to launch a large-scale rocket attack on the US military base near Baghdad International Airport before the anniversary of General Solaimani's martyrdom.

Last Monday, there was a rocket attack on the Green Zone of Baghdad.

Gen. Kenneth Mackenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, stressed that Monday's attack was the largest since 2010.

An informed source told Middle East News that 23 rockets were fired in the attack.

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