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06. U.S. Department of State travel warning notifying of lack of consular services for Americans in Iraq (February 8, 2003)


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UNCLAS STATE 036465

INFORM CONSULS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC, ASEC, PREL, PTER, IZ, PL
SUBJECT: TRAVEL WARNING - IRAQ

This Travel Warning is being issued to reflect the
temporary closure of the U.S Interests Section at the
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Baghdad. No consular
services are available to U.S. citizens at this time in
Iraq. The U.S. Government continues to urge all U.S.
citizens to avoid travel to Iraq. U.S. citizens in Iraq
should depart. This warning replaces the Travel Warning
of October 31, 2002.

The United States does not have diplomatic relations with
Iraq, and there is no U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. While our
interests in Iraq are represented by the Embassy of the
Republic of Poland in Baghdad, due to the temporary
closure of the U.S. Interests Section, there are no
consular services available to U.S. citizens in Iraq. The
United Nations and the United States continue to impose
sanctions which restrict financial and economic activities
with Iraq, including travel-related transactions.

Conditions throughout Iraq remain unsettled and dangerous.
The Iraqi regime's continuing refusal to cooperate fully
with U.N. weapons inspectors has led to mounting tension
between Iraq and the international community. Foreigners
present in Iraq have in the past been used as "human
shields" by the regime during periods of confrontation
with the international community. There are credible
reports that foreigners may face the risk of kidnapping in
Iraq.

Iraq continues to engage in a persistent pattern of
challenges to the no-fly zones over northern and southern
Iraq. These challenges include firing on the aircraft
enforcing the no-fly zones, illuminating them with
surface-to-air missile radar, and placing bounties on
coalition aircrews. Coalition aircraft respond in self-
defense to Iraqi threats by striking Iraq's air-defense
system. Injuries to civilians have resulted from Iraqi
anti-aircraft ordnance returning to earth in populated
areas.

U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in or through
Iraq, unless they are validated by the Department of
State. The only exceptions are the passports of American
professional reporters or journalists on assignment in
Iraq and Americans residing in Iraq as of February 8,
1991.

U.S. citizens who plan to travel to or remain in Iraq
despite this Travel Warning, should consult the Department
of State's latest Consular Information Sheet and the
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are located
on the Department's Internet site at
http://travel.state.gov.

Minimize considered.
POWELL

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