State Dept. updates travel warning for Iraq

WASHINGTON -- The State Dept. updated an existing travel warning for Iraq, noting "the security threat to all American citizens in Iraq remains extremely high, with a high risk of attacks on civilians" as it "strongly" warned U.S. citizens against traveling to the country.

The department said, "Remnants of the former Baath regime, trans-national terrorists and criminal elements remain active. Attacks against military and civilian targets throughout Iraq continue."

Hotels, restaurants, police stations, checkpoints, civil aviation and diplomatic missions were cited among the civilian and government targets. The warning comes as six civilians were abducted July 21 by a militant group in Iraq.

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