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New warning over Iraq kidnap risk

New advice warning of a "direct threat of kidnap" faced by UK citizens in Iraq has been issued by the Foreign Office.

The advice details the increased risk of kidnap in northern Iraq and says British nationals may be targeted.

It had previously advised against "all but essential travel" to Iraq and that the "security situation is dangerous".

It also issued a new warning for Egypt after three bomb blasts killed at least 28 people this month, saying further attacks "may be likely".

A Foreign Office spokesman said the new advice reflects "the most up to date information on the continued threat from terrorism".

'High threat'

The new advice reads: "There is a direct threat of kidnap to foreign nationals in northern Iraq and we believe that British nationals may be targeted.

"There continues to be widespread outbreaks of violence and threats to kidnap British and other foreign nationals.

"It is likely that there will be an increase in the number of attacks during Ramadan from 15 October to 14 November."

The travel advice for Egypt now focuses on the east coast of the Sinai peninsula as an area with a "high threat" of terrorism.

"Following terrorist attacks in Taba and Ras Shaitan near Nuweiba on 7 October, our assessment is that further terrorist attacks may be likely.

"We will be keeping this advice under close review."

Around 368,000 British people visited Egypt in 2003, most of whom had a trouble-free trip, the Foreign Office said.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk_p...ics/3741262.stm

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The american Presidential elections are 20 days away. The British Prime Minister elections are coming up soon (not sure how soon). Public support for the war in Iraq is waning.

Of course the terrorists will continue to kidnap/kill foriegners.

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They are going to continue to kidnap anyone they think may help their cause. Right now there should be no one in the country other than military until this gets under control. Aid workers can come in when things settle down, but right now they are more of a liability than a help...

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The British Prime Minister elections are coming up soon (not sure how soon).

2005. May I beleive.

And thankfully the Tories look dead. The UKIP could be a problem, but I'm not that worried. The biggest note of interest overall I feel will be if the Liberals can get enough support to take over from the Conservatives as the Shadow Party. Which would be good having a centre-left party up there again.

As for up here, the with the SSP and Greens its anybodies guess, but they may loss support to the SNP now that their centre-left again rather than centre-right as they were in the last election. The Conservatives will get a pathetic amont of votes for major party once again, and the Libs will steal some Labour votes. So in all it comes down again to Labour vs SNP.... was there any doubt tongue.gif

Unfortunatly a few SNP voters tend to vote Labour in UK elections to keep out the Conservatives and return to SNP during the Scottish Elections.

But hopefully the SNP will win the the majority this time in Scotland, Plaid Cryu in Wales, Labour in the UK overall, with Liberals being the Shadow party.

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But hopefully the SNP will win the the majority this time in Scotland, Plaid Cryu in Wales, Labour in the UK overall, with Liberals being the Shadow party.

Wont work out like that mind you, Labour will win right across the border tongue.gif

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