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.
We are closely monitoring reports of unrest in Baghdad today at the Supreme Judicial Council. We urge all parties to remain calm, abstain from violence, and resolve any political differences through a peaceful process guided by the Iraqi constitution. We also call for those demonstrating to respect the proceedings and property of Iraq’s governmental institutions which belong to and serve the Iraqi people.