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Travel warnings issued for Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan – NOLA.com

The U.S. Department of State issued travel warnings to those considering travel to Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan today (February 24, 2015).

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The travel warning for Algeria cites “a high threat of terrorism and kidnappings…The majority of terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, and ambushes occur in the mountainous areas to the east of Algiers (Kabylie region and eastern wilayas) and in the expansive Saharan desert regions of the south and southeast.”

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In the travel warning for Saudi Arabia states “Security threats are increasing and terrorist groups, some affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have targeted both Saudi and Western interests. Possible targets include housing compounds, hotels, shopping areas, international schools, and other facilities where Westerners congregate, as well as Saudi government facilities and economic/commercial targets within the Kingdom.”

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The travel warning for Pakistan warns travelers “the presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan. Across the country, terrorist attacks frequently occur against civilian, government, and foreign targets. Attacks have included armed assaults on heavily guarded sites, including Pakistani military installations and airports.”

To view the comprehensive list of U.S. Department of State travel alerts and warnings, click here.

A travel warning is issued when travelers should “consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks”, according to the U.S. Department of State’s website.

A less serious travel alert is issued to provide information about potentially disruptive events within a country over a short period of time, such as strikes, elections, or outbreaks of disease.

Travel warnings issued for Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan – NOLA.com

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