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India urged its people to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq in view of the prevailing tensions at Iraq

The government of India on Wednesday issued a travel advisory, asking its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq in the view of prevailing situation in the Gulf country Iraq.

The advisory by Ministry of External Affairs said- “In view of the prevailing situation in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notifications”.

It said Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be alert and may avoid travel within Iraq.

The advisory came after the killing of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani, Iran has launched missile strikes against two US military bases in Iraq today.

According to MEA- “Our Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil will continue to function normally to provide all services to Indians residing in Iraq”.

Today only, Iran used over a dozen ballistic missiles to attack the airbases in Irbil and Al-Asad in retaliation to the assassination of top military general Qassem Soleimani by the US on January 3.

Soon after Iran’s attack, US President Donald Trump said, “all is well”, and that he would make a statement later. He tweeted that the assessment of casualties and damages was underway. Earlier, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham had said that the president “is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team”.

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