Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Surveillance Activities

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has received information indicating that a militant group was conducting surveillance activities in late May against foreign businesses and local companies with western association or that employed foreign workers in Basrah.  There are no further details at this time regarding how the militant group planned to use this information.

The Embassy’s Regional Security Office (RSO) recommends that all U.S. citizens maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security at all times when living and working in Iraq.  Vary your routes and times of travel; be alert at all times; and if you are traveling with security elements, ensure they are aware that surveillance activities may be occurring.

Please review the “Iraq Travel Warning” posted on the U.S. State Department’s website, and remember that U.S. citizens remain at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence in Iraq.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Iraq Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, located on Al-Kindi Street, International Zone, Baghdad, at 0770 443-1286  (+964 770-443-1286 from outside Iraq) 24 hours a day to report an emergency, and 0760-030-4400 (+964 760-030-4400) for pre-recorded information regarding services for U.S. citizens.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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