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Israelis urged to shun Iraq

Israel urged its citizens to avoid Iraq. The government Counter-Terrorism Unit issued a travel advisory Tuesday in which it reminded Israelis that they are forbidden to visit Iraq, defined as an enemy country although it’s under U.S. occupation. “Visiting Iraq is very dangerous. The lives of Israelis in Iraq are at tangible risk,” the unit said. The advisory appeared to be in response to reports that a growing number of Israelis are traveling to Iraq, usually on foreign passports, for business purposes. Israeli security experts are said to be in especially high demand in the relatively stable Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.