The mail suspension comes at a time when tensions in Iraq are running high. Last week, Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at Al Asad Air Base and one in Irbil in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike on Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani.
There are about 5,200 U.S. troops now in Iraq. And while the Iraqi parliament took a non-binding vote asking American troops to pack up and leave, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the U.S. will remain there.
Maxwell said while there was no timeline for when the temporary suspension will be lifted, “we hope the suspension will be short.”
According to the U.S. Postal Service, the affected ZIP codes are:
- 09305, Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center
- 09308, Besmaya Combat Training Center
- 09333, Al Asad Air Base
- 09348, FOB Union III
- 09378, Camp Taji
- 09381, Al Taqqadum Air Base
- 96610-0800, SPMGTAF 2/7 DET9
- 96610-1500, Task Force Spartan 20.1
“This temporary suspension means that if a person attempts to send a letter to one of the affected ZIP codes, it will not be accepted by the USPS,” said Maxwell.