Members of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network carry the coffin of their slain chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, ahead of his burial on January 8. Muhandis was killed last week with Iran's top military chief Qasem Soleimani and eight others in a US drone attack near Baghdad airport. (Photo: HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Getty Images).

THE Indian government on Wednesday (8) issued a travel advisory, asking citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Iraq in view of prevailing situation in the Gulf country.

In retaliation to killing of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani, Iran has launched missile strikes against two US military bases in Iraq on Wednesday.

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

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

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