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US Embassy in Iraq issues new travel warning

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On the evening of 5 March, the US Embassy in Iraq issued a new security alert for US citizens. This information is provided for situational awareness only and the full US Travel Advisory is available here.

The newest travel advisory is expected to post to the above-noted link within the next 12-24 hours, but relevant information thus far comprises the following:

Security Alert: Iraq – U.S. Embassy Baghdad (March 5, 2021)

Location: Throughout Iraq

Event: We advise that U.S. citizens in Iraq are at a high risk for violence and kidnapping. Threats may increase over the coming days accompanying the visit of Pope Francis to Iraq, including in northern Iraq and the Erbil area. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid large crowds, churches, and other gatherings that may be targeted by terrorist groups, including ISIS, violent criminals, or other militant groups now operating in Iraq.

Talos reporting related to the visit of Pope Francis is available in regular reporting, with an overview of the schedule available here.

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