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U.S. State Department – Iraq
The front of one of one of the lavish palaces in Baghdad
While the United States does maintain a large embassy in Baghdad, the US government discourages all travel to Iraq.
The State Department has issued an active travel warning, stating that travel “within Iraq remains very dangerous, and the ability of the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens facing difficulty is extremely limited.”
“U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence,” the travel warning states.
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A chandelier inside one of Saddam Hussein’s old palaces in Baghdad
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Who: 38,146,025 people
What: 38,146,025 sq miles
Where: Asian continent
Why: *The US State Department has an active Travel Warning for Iraq, cautioning Americans that the country is “very dangerous” and that “U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence.”
Source: The World FactBook