The State Department advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution because of increased tensions around the world and the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is monitoring calls for demonstrations in Baghdad today, specifically in and around the International Zone. U.S. citizens should be aware of this possibility, monitor local media for updates, and avoid large gathering.
U.S. Consulate staff met with the Kakai activist and head of Methra organization for Yarsan Cultural and Development Rajab Asi Kakai and staff from the Shnrwe Kakayi Organization to discuss the challenges Kakais face in Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The Consulate team underscored the U.S. government’s commitment to religious tolerance and freedom. The U.S. strongly advocates for diversity in the IKR and throughout Iraq, and will continue to support all religious and ethnic minorities.