The Government Is Advising Canadians In Iraq To Leave & Avoid All Travel There
Canadians should leave the country if it's safe to do so.
The government has issued a warning for Canadians about staying in or travelling to Iraq after a U.S. airstrike. It is also offering tips to stay safe if you are there. The Iraq travel advisory by Canada is in place specifically because of possible threats to the safety and security of Canadians there.
On January 3, the government updated its travel advisory for Iraq because of threats to safety and security after a U.S. airstrike near an airport in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general and Iraqi paramilitary leaders.
"This attack has led to increased tensions in the region. The security situation could worsen with little warning. There is an increased threat of attacks against Western interests and of terrorist attacks in general," the advisory stated.
For Canadians who are in Iraq, the government is urging them to leave if it's safe for them to do so.
Also, the government tweeted that the Canadian embassy in Baghdad is severely limited in being able to provide support throughout the country.
If people decide to stay in the country despite the advisory, the government suggests that they limit their movements, take necessary safety precautions, follow instructions of local authorities, monitor local media and be aware of their surroundings all the time.
According to Global News, the government has been advising Canadians to avoid all travel to Iraq since October when widespread protests started.
The risk level for the country still remains high with the new advisory and Canada wants people to "Avoid all travel to Iraq due to a continued volatile, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous security situation."
François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, said in a statement that the safety of Canadians in Iraq, including civilians, military personnel and diplomats, is of the utmost concern now.
While the government hasn't advised Canadians to avoid all travel to Iran, it also updated the safety and security section of its advisory page for the country because of the airstrike.
"Violent demonstrations could occur in the coming days," the advisory stated.
The government wants Canadians there to be very cautious, review their security measures, avoid demonstrations, keep an eye on local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.
The airstrike authorized by U.S. President Donal Trump led to multiplewith Americans considering moving to Canada if major conflict happens.
You can keep up to date with Canada's travel advisories here.