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Jakarta Post

Indonesians in Iraq urged to stay alert after assassination of top Iranian general

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 4, 2020   /   04:31 pm
Indonesians in Iraq urged to stay alert after assassination of top Iranian general A picture published by the media office of the Iraqi military's joint operations forces on their official Facebook page shows a destroyed vehicle on fire following a United States strike on Jan. 3 on Baghdad international airport road in which top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed along with eight others, including the deputy head of Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force. (AFP/Iraqi Military)

Indonesia has called on its citizens in Iraq to remain on alert amid heightened tensions in the region, following a United States airstrike that killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

"We call on Indonesian citizens in Iraq to remain vigilant. Reach out to the KBRI [Indonesian Embassy] when you are in need of information or assistance," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on its official website on Saturday. 

The ministry also said Indonesia was concerned about the escalating tensions in Iraq, requesting all parties to refrain from instigating further violence that could worsen the situation.

The US announced on Friday that it had killed a top Iranian general — a commander of the Iranian Quds Forces — in a strike on Baghdad's international airport, in which the deputy chief of Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force was also killed, AFP reported.

The US State Department previously told US citizens to leave Iraq immediately following Iranian-backed militia attacks on the US Embassy compound.

Indonesian citizens in Iraq may reach the Indonesian Embassy in Baghdad at +96 4750 0365 228. (ars)