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Warning on travel.

THE Government currently advises against all travel to Iraq. Below is a summary of the advice printed by the Foreign Office.

We advise against all travel to Baghdad and its surrounding area, the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Diyala, Wasit, Babil, Ninawa and At-Tamim. We also advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Al Qadisiyah, Muthanna, Najaf, Karbala, and Dhi Qar.

Although there has been a decrease in the level of violence throughout Iraq, the situation remains highly dangerous with a continuing high threat of terrorism throughout the country. This includes violence and kidnapping targeting foreign nationals.

Terrorists and insurgents conduct frequent and widespread lethal attacks on a wide range of targets in Iraq, including against British and other international military, political and civilian targets.

Targets have included places such as hotels, restaurants where Westerners congregate and civilian vehicles and civil aviation. Civilian and military aircraft arriving in and departing from Baghdad International Airport have been subjected to attack by small arms and missiles.

Security at Baghdad's airport has improved. but there are still concerns and we urge you exercise caution if using the civilian terminal.

There is currently no countrywide curfew in Iraq. They can be and are imposed at short notice. When in place curfew times must be strictly adhered to.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Mar 25, 2009
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