Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq, December 9, 2019

Location:  Baghdad and other major cities, with the exception of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Event:  According to reports, demonstrations are expected to increase in size starting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  U.S. citizens may see a heavy security presence.  Additionally, the Prime Minister has declared a holiday on December 10 to commemorate the anniversary of the defeat of ISIS.  International Zone checkpoints are expected to be closed and traffic disruptions likely.

Actions to Take:

  • Per the May 2019 travel advisory, do not travel to Iraq
  • Avoid areas of demonstrations
  • Comply with directives from authorities
  • Monitor local media for updates