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Public Announcement -- Worldwide Caution -- Iraq Crisis

In light of the military operations against Iraq and the potential for retaliatory action, 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. While the U.S. Government has no specific information about threats to American citizens at this time, the potential for retaliatory acts against U.S. citizens exists.

American citizens traveling or residing abroad are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate measures to protect their personal security. In addition, American citizens should maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all travel, and treat mail from unfamiliar sources with suspicion.

American citizens traveling or residing in Taiwan should contact the American Institute in Taiwan (American citizens traveling or residing outside Taiwan should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate) by telephone or fax for up-to-date information on security conditions. Current information on operations of U.S. embassies and consulates is also available on the Internet at In addition, U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad should consult the Department of State's public announcements, travel warnings, consular information sheets, and regional brochures.

American Citizen Services
American Institute in Taiwan

Contact Numbers: 2709-2000 ext. 2306 (during office hours)
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