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
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
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