Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq, October 24, 2019

Location:  Baghdad and other major cities, with the exception of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Event:  According to reports, large-scale demonstrations are expected to take place on Friday, October 25, 2019, beginning after Friday prayers.  U.S. citizens may see a heavy police presence.  As with prior demonstrations, road closures throughout major cities, including the Baghdad International Zone, are …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (October 3, 2019)

Location:  Baghdad and other major cities, with the exception of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Event:  Demonstrations have occurred throughout the week and are ongoing.  Although large, these are both sporadic and spontaneous.  Per local reports, several people have been killed and hundreds injured in the demonstrations.  Internet access was suspended in most of the country.  …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (September 24, 2019)

Location: Baghdad, Iraq Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad advises all U.S. citizens of heightened tensions in the region and the need to remain vigilant.  Attacks in major cities may occur without warning, particularly after dark.  U.S. citizens, and places where U.S. citizens are known to gather, are likely to be targeted in such events. Actions to …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (May 15, 2019)

Location:   Nationwide Event:  The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-essential U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq. Actions to Take: Depart Iraq by commercial transportation as …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (May 12, 2019)

Location:   Baghdad, Iraq Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad advises all U.S. citizens of heightened tensions in Iraq and the requirement to remain vigilant. Actions to Take: Do not travel to Iraq Avoid places known as U.S. citizen gathering points. Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings Assistance: U.S. Embassy Baghdad Al-Kindi Street, …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (December 16, 2018) Location:   Baghdad, Iraq Event:  With the limited opening of the International Zone (IZ) in Baghdad, the U.S. Embassy has initiated security protocols similar to those used throughout Baghdad during the IZ’s open hours.  Please visit our  Iraq Travel Advisory  for more information relating to the security situation in …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq

Location: Baghdad, Iraq Event: In observance of the Liberation of Iraq from ISIS anniversary on December 10, residents of Baghdad should anticipate fireworks and celebratory gunfire throughout the city, to include the International Zone (IZ). Actions to Take: Remain indoors, sheltered from falling projectiles Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings Assistance: U.S. …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (November 6, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (November 6, 2018) Location:   Baghdad, Iraq Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad received a report that unspecified militia leaders have discussed plans for kidnapping U.S. citizens attending the 45th Baghdad International Fair, scheduled for November 10-19, 2018.  The militia leaders’ discussion included concealment techniques and ways of …

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Security Alert – Advising U.S. citizens on ordered departure for Basrah

Due to concerns about the security of U.S. government personnel, on September 28, 2018, the Department of State ordered the departure of U.S. government personnel from the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. Please see the Department’s updated Travel Advisory for Iraq here . The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Iraq and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (September 8, 2018) Location:   Baghdad, Basrah  Event:  The United States Mission in Iraq is restricting its movements during the month of Muharram, particularly around the commemoration of Ashura, on Tuesday, September 18 through Friday, September 21 due to expected road closures and unpredictable crowds. In addition, some protests …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (May 10, 2018) Location: Baghdad, Iraq Event: National elections will take place on Saturday, May 12. The U.S. Mission has received information of possible terrorist attacks against polling stations throughout Iraq, specifically in the Umm Al-Qura and Ghazaliya neighborhoods of Baghdad. The Embassy has temporarily curtailed movement …

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Security Message: Protests in Iraq

U.S. Mission Iraq advises its citizens that protests in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region turned violent on December 18 and 19, leading to deaths and injuries.  Unrelated demonstrations have also recently occurred elsewhere throughout Iraq, including its southern provinces.  U.S. citizens are reminded that any peaceful protest has the potential to quickly escalate into violence. As …

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Security Message: Expanded Temporary Movement Restriction

The U.S. Embassy is expanding its temporary movement restriction to include movements both inside and outside the international zone in response to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As a reminder, U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance …

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Security Message: Threat Against Baghdad Mall

U.S. Mission Iraq has received credible threat information that the Baghdad Mall may be the target of a terrorist attack.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the Baghdad Mall. As a reminder, U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security at all times when …

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Security Message: Kirkuk Security Operations

U.S. Mission Iraq advises its citizens that the Government of Iraq launched security operations in the vicinity of Kirkuk City.  U.S. citizens located in these areas who are unable or unwilling to depart are advised to shelter in place. As a reminder, U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate …

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Security Message: Holiday Security Announcement

September 27, 2017 U.S. Embassy Baghdad warns U.S. citizens in Iraq of the possibility of crowds and possible road closures throughout the country during the Ashura holiday, especially in and around neighborhoods and cities hosting Shia shrines. As a reminder, U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to …

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Security Message: Iraqi Kurdistan Region Referendum

U.S. Embassy Baghdad cautions U.S. citizens in Iraq that there may be unrest if the Kurdistan Regional government carries out an independence referendum on September 25.  U.S. Mission Iraq will temporarily limit personnel movements as a precautionary measure.  In particular, U.S. citizens should avoid travel into and within territories disputed between the Kurdish Regional Government …

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