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28.11.17  /  High  /  Bahamas, The – US Embassy Security Message

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28.11.17 Bahamas, The US Embassy Security Message

Image result for us embassy nassau bahamas Bahamas / Turks & Caicos Islands (Security threat levels - 2 / 1): On 22 November 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas, issued a Security Message, which reads in part as follows: “The holiday season historically serves as a potential catalyst for an increase in crime and violence in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. “Vigilance plays a key role in mitigating the risk. If you observe something suspicious or dangerous move to a safer area and call the police at 911 or 919. If you are the victim of a violent crime call police and U.S. Embassy Nassau’s duty officer at +242 322 1181.” The full text of the message is available here.

22.11.17  /  High  /   – FCO Updated Travel Terrorisim Advice - Several European Countries

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22.11.17 FCO Updated Travel Terrorisim Advice - Several European Countries

Image result for fco Europe: On 21 November 2017, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for several European countries to reflect an increased terrorism threat during the upcoming holiday season. The updated advice was issued for Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, and reads in part as follows: "There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. Attacks could be indiscriminate including in places frequented by foreigners."

01.11.17  /  Extreme  /  Niger – US Department Of State Travel Warning

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01.11.17 Niger US Department Of State Travel Warning

Image result for department of state travel warnings Niger (Security threat level - 5): On 30 October 2017, the U.S. Department of State updated its Travel Warning for Niger to read as follows: “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger due to terrorist activity, kidnappings, and high crime. The Department recommends U.S. citizens avoid travel to Niger’s border regions, particularly the Malian border area, the Libyan border area, the Diffa region, and Lake Chad Basin area because of activity by various extremist groups including al-Qa’eda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham–Islamic State West Africa (ISIS-WA), ISIS-Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), ISIS-Libya (ISIS-L), and Boko Haram. Due to security concerns and travel restrictions, the U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas is very limited. This replaces the Travel Warning dated April 11, 2017. “Terrorist organizations, armed groups, and smugglers operate in the areas bordering Mali, Libya, and throughout northern Niger. Mali-based extremist groups have crossed the border and carried out multiple lethal attacks on Nigerien security forces (FDS) and on U.S. forces assisting the FDS. “The government of Niger has maintained a state of emergency in the Diffa region since February 10, 2015, and a curfew has been in place in the Diffa region since December 2014. The Nigerien government declared a state of emergency on March 3, 2017, for seven departments of the Tillaberi and Tahoua regions bordering Mali after a spate of deadly attacks. “There is significant potential for violent crime outside Niamey, and armed criminals target travelers throughout the country. Outside the city of Niamey, all U.S. Embassy personnel are required to travel only during daylight hours in a minimum two-vehicle convoy and armed Nigerien government security escorts. “There is a high threat of kidnapping by various terrorist groups, who have kidnapped Westerners, including a U.S. citizen, and threatened U.S. citizens in Niger. As a result of safety and security concerns, some organizations, including foreign companies, NGOs, and private aid organizations have suspended operations in Niger or withdrawn family members and/or staff.”

20.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Sudan – US Department Of State Updated Travel Warning

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20.10.17 Sudan US Department Of State Updated Travel Warning

Image result for us department of state Sudan (Security threat level - 5): On 19 October 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Sudan. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur states, Blue Nile state, and Southern Kordofan state and consider carefully before planning travel to other areas of Sudan due to the risks of terrorism, armed conflict, and violent crime. The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide services outside of Khartoum is extremely limited. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on March 30, 2017. “Terrorist groups are present in Sudan and have stated their intent to harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings, and kidnappings. Violent crimes targeting Westerners, including kidnappings, armed robberies, home invasions, and carjacking can occur anywhere in Sudan, but are particularly prevalent in the Darfur states. Several aid workers and private citizens have been kidnapped and held hostage for ransom in the Darfur states over the last year. “U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Sudan should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times, especially when at public gatherings and locations frequented by foreigners. Exercise extreme caution, monitor reliable news sources for information on the local security situation, and follow the instructions of local authorities. All U.S. citizens in Sudan should periodically assess their personal security and have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.” The full text of the warning can be viewed here.

18.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Congo, Democratic Republic of the – DOS Updated Travel Warning

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18.10.17 Congo, Democratic Republic of the DOS Updated Travel Warning

Image result for us department of state Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level - 5): On 16 October 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning for the Democratic Republic of Congo, which reads in part as follows: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country. Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor security conditions in the Eastern Congo and Kasais, make it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere outside of Kinshasa. All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not rely solely on U.S. government assistance. This replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2017. “Armed groups operate in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, Ituri, Tanganyika, Haut-Lomami, and the Kasai region. These groups have been known to kill, rape, kidnap, pillage, and carry out operations in which civilians may be indiscriminately targeted. “Congolese military and United Nations forces continue to operate throughout North and South Kivu, Tanganyika, Ituri, and near the DRC's borders with the Central African Republic and the Republic of South Sudan, particularly in and around Garamba National Park and the Kasai regions. Travelers in these regions may encounter troop movements, rebel groups, or militias. Kidnapping for ransom is also common, particularly in North and South Kivu.”

04.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Mali – US Embassy Bamako Warning

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04.10.17 Mali US Embassy Bamako Warning

Image result for us embassy bamako Mali (Security threat level - 5): On 3 October 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako issued a Security Message that reads as follows: “The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a continued threat of attacks against hotels, restaurants, and bars frequented by Westerners, particularly in the cities of Bamako and Gao, Mali. Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures, be vigilant, and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. “The Department of State advises against all travel to Mali in its Travel Warning for Mali. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates."
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