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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (August 30, 2022)
August 30, 2022

Location: Iraq (countrywide)

Event: Ongoing demonstrations within and around the International Zone in Baghdad have turned violent and resulted in deaths and injuries.  There are also reports of violent protests throughout Iraq, including in Basrah, Maysan, and Muthanna provinces.  A nationwide comprehensive curfew has been announced for all persons and vehicles starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29.

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.

Routine public consular services at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad remain suspended as a result of an attack on the Embassy compound in 2019.  Emergency services for U.S. citizens are available at the Embassy using the contact information below.  The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil remains open for routine and emergency services to American citizens.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the International Zone in Baghdad and other areas where demonstrations are occurring.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.