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Iraq (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1300 local time (1000 UTC) on 13 October 2022, nine rockets landed in Baghdad’s Green Zone ahead of Parliament’s vote to elect a new president. At least 10 individuals were injured — including at least three civilians and two security personnel. No damage to infrastructure or buildings was reported, and no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The parliamentary session was briefly delayed as a result of the event. Iraqi politics have been deadlocked since the October 2021 parliamentary elections, during which followers of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr won a plurality of seats but failed to form a government.


Mexico (Security threat level – 4): As of 0700 local time (1200 UTC) on 13 October 2022, Tropical Storm Karl was located approximately 400 km (250 mi) north-northeast of the port city of Veracruz and about 465 km north of the city of Coatzacoalcos, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, Karl was tracking southeast at 4 kph (2 mph), with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and higher gusts. Karl is projected to strengthen as it tracks across the Gulf of Mexico toward Mexico’s eastern coastline. The storm is then forecast to weaken slightly before reaching the coastal areas of either Veracruz or Tabasco state in the late evening of 13 October or early morning of 14 October.

Karl is forecast to produce 75-175 mm (3-7 in) of rain over portions of the states of Veracruz and Tabasco, with isolated maximums of up to 305 mm, through the night of 15-16 October. The rainfall is likely to cause flash flooding and landslides in areas with elevated terrain. Swells generating dangerous surf and riptide conditions are likely to affect the coastline for the next several days. A Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect in Veracruz state from the city of Tuxpan to the town of Frontera.


Solomon Islands (Security threat level – 1): On 13 October 2022, authorities announced that fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result for entry into Solomon Islands — effective immediately. Instead, vaccinated travelers 18 years of age and older will be required to present proof of full immunization against COVID-19 upon arrival. Social distancing measures remain in effect in Solomon Islands.


Philippines (Security threat level – 4): Shortly before 1400 local time (0600 UTC) on 13 October 2022, authorities temporarily suspended flight and ground operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (RPLL/MNL) in the capital Manila in response to a lightning alert issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Operations at the facility resumed within less than one hour; there were no reports of significant flight delays or cancellations. Inclement weather conditions stemming from Tropical Depression Maymay are likely to continue through 13 October in the Northern Luzon region, including in Manila.


Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 12 October 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “On October 13, a demonstration is planned at Place de la Nation in support of MPSR President Traore. On October 14 and 15, demonstrations are planned outside of the Convention Center (Salle de Conference) in Ouaga 2000 during the national stakeholders’ event. Demonstrations are expected to start in the mornings, although specific start times have not been announced.

“Demonstrations have the potential to grow spontaneously and spread to other areas of the city. Expect roadblocks or large groups of demonstrators in the impacted areas, particularly on Avenue Pascal Zagre near La Perle restaurant and the Lancaster Hotel in Ouaga 2000. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid taking photographs or videos of demonstrations as this may attract attention and antagonize the crowd.”