Turkey re-issues travel warning on Iraq

Foreign Ministry advises Turkish nationals against traveling to Iraq in light of Mosul operation

Turkey re-issues travel warning on Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday re-issued a December 2015 travel warning on Iraq as an operation to oust the ISIL terror group from Mosul continues.

In a statement, the ministry said last December’s advice applied to all of Iraq except the provinces of Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah which are controlled by the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

The ministry said in light of the recent offensive to re-take Mosul, Iraq’s general security situation would deteriorate and cause acts targeting Turkey’s interests in the country.

Turkish nationals were advised to be “vigilant in all circumstances, avoid crowded places, to strengthen security measures and be in contact with the Baghdad embassy”.

It urged those “whose stay is not compulsory to leave the provinces as soon as possible” and advised against traveling to Iraq “unless it is absolutely necessary”.

The statement advised Turkish nationals in the KRG to stay away from regions where the anti-ISIL operation is ongoing.

A broad military campaign aimed at retaking Mosul entered its second day on Tuesday with more losses sustained by the ISIL terrorist group.

Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2016, 08:43
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