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U.S. State Department Issues World-Wide Caution

In light of the recent U.S. military strikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan, and possible threats to Americans and American interests overseas, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad to review their security practices, to remain alert to the changing situation, and to exercise much greater caution than usual.

The Department of State recommends that large crowds and other situations in which anti-American sentiments may be expressed should be avoided. U.S. diplomatic posts worldwide are taking appropriate security precautions.

Americans should be aware that Embassy operations are currently suspended in Somalia, Sudan, Republic of Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea Bissau. No United States consular services are currently available in these countries.

The United States does not maintain diplomatic or consular posts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and North Korea, and therefore no support services are available to Americans in these countries. In light of the above, Americans need to take additional and enhanced precautions with regard to these areas.

Family members and non-emergency personnel of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania have been authorized to depart. In Albania, Eritrea, and Pakistan, non-emergency personnel and family members have been ordered to depart. Consular services in these countries have been reduced to minimal levels and in most cases to emergency citizens services only.

American citizens traveling abroad should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate by telephone or FAX for up-to-date information on security conditions. Current information on post operations is also available on the Internet at