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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (October 20, 2023)
October 18, 2023

Location: Baghdad, Iraq


U.S. Mission Iraq is monitoring calls for demonstrations throughout the country, including a large demonstration with potential for anti-U.S. sentiment in Baghdad on Friday, October 20 around the 14th of July Bridge.  The U.S. Mission continues to advise U.S. citizens to monitor local media for updates and to avoid protests and large gatherings.  U.S. citizens should be aware of the potential for demonstrations and protests related to the ongoing events in Gaza to spread rapidly throughout Iraq. Such demonstrations can develop quickly without prior notice, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services, and sometimes turning violent.  

The State Department’s Travel Advisory for Iraq remains at Level 4:  Do Not Travel due to terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.  For more information, please visit the Iraq Country Information page on travel.state.gov.  Please also review what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas. 

Actions to Take: 

– Avoid the area of the demonstrations and large gatherings. 

– Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.  

– Keep a low profile. 

– Monitor local media for updates. 


– U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq 

+964-760-030-3000 (from outside Iraq) 

0760-030-3000 (within Iraq) 




– U.S. Consulate General Erbil, Iraq 

+964-66-211-4000 (from outside Iraq) 

066-211-4000 (within Iraq) 



State Department – Consular Affairs +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444 

Iraq Country Information 

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