U.S. Citizens Advised Against Travel to Iraq

Published by August 10, 2012

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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated warning to U.S. citizens planning travel to Iraq.  U.S. military forces were withdrawn from the country at the end of 2011, so the Embassy’s ability to respond to dangerous situations involving U.S. citizens is very limited.

Although incidents have lessened recently, U.S. citizens are still at risk for kidnappings and attacks which include the use of firearms, IEDs, and mortars. The insurgent group, Al Qaida, remains active throughout the country. The most frequently attacked provinces include Baghdad, Ninewa, Salah ad Din, Anbar, and Diyala. U.S. citizens are also urged to avoid areas near the Turkish and Iranian borders. Terrorist groups and unmarked minefields are prevalent in these areas.

The U.S. government requires U.S. personnel in Iraq to work under strict security guidelines, which can be found on the U.S. Embassy website. U.S. citizens traveling through Iraq must understand that the Embassy can only provide extremely limited consular services.

For more information, refer to the U.S. Department of State website.