Does anyone remember the massive amount of weapons Democrat Joe Biden left in the Mid-East like a big huge giat Easter Egg hunt for the world’s terrorists and enemies of America to find and use against us and our interests?
Well, if you are headed to Iraq or anywhere near Iraq, you may want to remember that now.
“The Biden administration’s foreign policy is having a disastrous impact on the world,” American Insider reported at within hours of Hamas’ attack on Israel in early October.
A high-ranking official in the Israel Defense Forces expressed concerns about U.S. weapons ending up in the hands of Israel’s enemies.
The IDF commander claimed that U.S. small arms seized in Afghanistan have been observed being used by Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip.
Weapons left behind in Afghanistan during Biden’s withdrawal have been used to arm militants in Kashmir, India.
The report claims that the U.S. left behind approximately $7 billion worth of equipment and ammunition, “aircraft, air-to-ground munitions, military vehicles, weapons, communications equipment and other materials” also including, night vision and surveillance equipment.”
The weapons also included “pieces of explosive detection, electronic countermeasure, disposal and personal protective equipment” which have the potential to fall into the hands of Islamic militants, including Hamas.
At least 800 innocent people have been killed and over 2,200 others have been wounded. Four American citizens were killed and other Americans were taken as hostages.
Radical Islamic terrorists arrived in vans and shot at least 260 people attending a music festival in Israel. Israel was hit in several locations by more than 2,000 rockets.
Fast forward to Sunday, Oct. 22, now rockets that could take out American airliners are a concern for American travelers- according to a press release:
|Iraq: Travel Advisory Updated10/22/2023 11:51 AM EDT from the Office of the SpokespersonThe Department of State updated its Travel Advisory for Iraq on October 20, 2023, following the ordered departure of eligible family members and non-emergency U.S. government personnel from U.S. Embassy Baghdad and U.S. Consulate General Erbil due to increased security threats against U.S. personnel and interests.|
The Travel Advisory for Iraq remains Level 4: Do Not Travel. This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on July 13, 2023.
The full text of the updated Travel Advisory is as follows:Iraq – Level 4: Do Not Travel T U K OUpdated to reflect the ordered departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and eligible family members.Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.
On October 20, 2023, the Department ordered the departure of eligible family members and non-emergency U.S. government personnel from U.S. Embassy Baghdad and U.S. Consulate General Erbil due to increased security threats against U.S. personnel and interests.
Country Summary: U.S. citizens in Iraq face high risks to their safety and security, including the potential for violence and kidnapping. Terrorist and insurgent groups regularly attack Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. militias threaten U.S. citizens and international companies throughout Iraq.
Attacks using improvised explosive devices, indirect fire, and unmanned aerial vehicles occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad and other major cities. In an emergency, consular services to U.S. citizens in Iraq are limited due to severe restrictions on the movements of U.S. government personnel.
Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently throughout the country. These events can develop quickly without prior notice, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services, and sometimes turning violent.
Do not travel near Iraq’s northern borders due to the continued threat of attacks by terrorist groups, armed conflict, aerial bombardment, and civil unrest. U.S. citizens should especially avoid areas near armed groups in northern Iraq, which have been targeted with aerial strikes by neighboring countries’ militaries.
U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to engage in armed conflict in Syria, where they would face extreme personal risks (kidnapping, injury, or death) and legal risks (arrest, fines, and expulsion). The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq has stated that it will impose prison sentences of up to ten years on individuals who illegally cross the Iraq-Syria border.
Additionally, fighting on behalf of or supporting designated terrorist organizations is a crime under U.S. law that can result in prison sentences and large fines in the United States.Because of security concerns, U.S. government personnel in Baghdad are instructed not to use Baghdad International Airport.
Due to risks to civil aviation operating in the Baghdad Flight Information Region, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended for an additional two years its Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) prohibiting certain flights at altitudes below 32,000 feet.
For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Notices .Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Iraq. If you decide to travel to Iraq: Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs if you are unable to return as planned to the United States.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
Review the Country Security Report for Iraq .
Visit the CDC website for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.
Review the Traveler’s Checklist.