‘Dirty’ Government Travel Advisory: ‘Do not travel to Iraq and Syria’
A Government travel advisory has been issued to prevent anyone from travelling to Iraq or Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.
The Foreign Office said: ‘Travel advice for UK nationals visiting Iraq and neighbouring countries is no longer to travel to Syria and Iraq as a part of the war in Iraq and will be withdrawn from UK travel advice on 2 July.’
There will be no travel advice for Iraqi nationals until we have been able to establish a safe and secure environment for those travelling.’
We also encourage UK nationals travelling to Syria to take care not to travel if they have family or friends in those areas, and we will provide further details when we can.’
The Government travel advice comes as Prime Minister Theresa May attempts to reassure the country about the security situation in the Middle East, amid warnings of more attacks.
She met with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday morning.
The UK and US are in the midst of an intensive, three-week-long air war in the region, with hundreds of British troops deployed in the Kurdish region.
The UK has already sent fighter jets and bombers to the region.
In a separate move, the Foreign Office issued an urgent travel advisory, saying UK citizens must avoid travelling to places like Iraq and Iraq-held territory, including the disputed city of Mosul.
‘Travel advice is no more and the UK Government is withdrawing travel advice to Iraq from 2 July,’ the Government said.
It added that UK nationals should not travel anywhere else in the world, including to places where there are already large numbers of British citizens or permanent residents, who could be at risk of ISIL-related attacks.