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US issues security alert for citizens amid tension with Iran

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 1:52 PM
Mourners attend a funeral for Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his comrades who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike on Friday, in the city of Kerman, Iran, Tuesday, January 7, 2020. (Erfan Kouchari/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The United States Tuesday urged nationals in the Caribbean and elsewhere to be cautious as a result of the “heightened tension in the Middle East” as Washington continued to defend its targeted missile strike that killed senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.

Iran has vowed to take revenge and the US Embassy in Barbados said the tension “may result in security risks to US citizens abroad” and that it would “continue to review the security situation and provide additional information as needed.”

It urged Americans to keep a low profile, be aware of their surroundings as well as staying alert in locations frequented by tourists and reviewing their personal security plans.

In addition, Americans were also urged to have travel documents up-to-date and easily accessible.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the decision of President Donald Trump to order the strike that killed Soleimani.

He warned that if Iran were to make another “bad choice” he was confident Trump would respond “as he did last week, in a decisive, serious manner.”

Caribbean governments have so far not made any official statement regarding the situation in the Middle East.

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