The US Embassy in Iraq on Sunday warned its citizens of possible unrest in the country over the upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan, adding that it would limit movements of its personnel as a precaution.

“U.S. Embassy Baghdad cautions U.S. citizens in Iraq that there may be unrest if the Kurdistan Regional government carries out an independence referendum on September 25. U.S. Mission Iraq will temporarily limit personnel movements as a precautionary measure. In particular, U.S. citizens should avoid travel into and within territories disputed between the Kurdish Regional Government and the Government of Iraq,” the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy reminded that the US citizens should “maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security at all times when living and working in Iraq.”

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