Britons should avoid travelling in Iran and Iraq as protests against the US assassination of Iranian Military Qasem Soleimani leader, who was killed by a drone attack in Baghdad, Iraq. Anyone in the country is being urged to return home as soon as possible.
What exactly are the experts saying about travel to the region?
The Foreign Office has warned against all travel to Iraq, besides the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Any Britons there “should consider leaving by commercial means.”
Protests taking place after US President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike in Baghdad, killing Qasem Soleimani, Commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force, are potentially dangerous.
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World War 3: The FCO has warned against all travel to Iraq, besides the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Additionally, the Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to Iran.
It said: “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise all British nationals against all travel to within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border, within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border, the province of Sistan-Baluchistan or the area east of the line running from Bam to Jask, including Bam.”
For British-Iranian dual nationals the FCO advise against all travel to Iran.
If you’re in Iran, you should consider carefully your need to remain.
If your continued presence is not essential, you should consider leaving.
It added: “You should avoid any rallies, marches, processions, and keep away from military sites.
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“There is a risk that British nationals, and a significantly higher risk that British-Iranian dual nationals, could be arbitrarily detained or arrested in Iran.
“The criminal justice process followed in such cases falls below international standards.”
This comes after Iran has warned of “severe revenge” after the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani.
Immediately after the news, World War 3 was trending on social media as many predicted the drone strike would cause retaliation and escalation.
World War 3: The Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to Iran
Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei has since unleashed a barrage of furious tweets in which he warned of “severe revenge”.
Which are the most dangerous countries to travel too this year, besides Iran and Iraq?
Medical and travel security services company International SOS has revealed the top riskiest countries in the world for this year.
Many of the dangerous countries are in the Middle East, as well as Africa.
Middle Eastern countries were there is a security risk posed are Yemen and Syria.
International SOS looks at both medical risk and security risk for travel.
“The travel security risk rating evaluates the threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime,” explained the company.
“Other factors, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for travellers.”