State Dept. warns of travel to Iraq as country becomes sovereign nation

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WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. government transferred sovereignty back to Iraq Monday, the State Dept. renewed its existing travel warning for the country citing the continuing "risk of attacks on civilians, including American citizens."

The transfer took place June 28, two days ahead of schedule.

"The security environment in all of Iraq is dangerous, volatile and unpredictable," the department said, adding, "There is credible information that terrorists have targeted civil aviation in Iraq."

The department warning noted that "there have been planned and random killings, as well as extortions and kidnappings. Coalition-led military operations continue, and there are daily attacks against Coalition forces throughout the country. Attacks against coalition forces as well as civilian targets occur throughout the day, but travel at night is exceptionally dangerous. Hotels, restaurants and locations with expatriate staff continue to be attacked."

To contact reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].

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