U.S. Department of State has issued travel advisory in order to warn its citizens to not travel to Iraq due to terrorism and armed conflict.
"U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur frequently in many areas of the country, including Baghdad", U.S. State Department said in a statement.
The statement added that U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict, where they would face extreme personal risks such as kidnapping, injury, or death, as well as facing legal risks.
Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands and the end of war against ISIS in December 2017, Iraqi cities are witnessing acts of violence as terrorist group's sleeper cells continue to launch attacks targeting civilians and security forces.