Central Asia Public Announcement
Issued by U.S. State Department
Oct 22, 2007
This Public Announcement is routinely updated to remind American citizens of ongoing security concerns and the potential for terrorist acts in Central Asia. The countries of Central Asia are comprised of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan . American citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
The U.S. Government continues to receive information that terrorist groups in Central Asia may be planning attacks in the region, possibly against U.S. Government facilities, Americans or American interests. Elements and supporters of extremist groups present in Central Asia, including the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), al-Qaida, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments in the past and have demonstrated the capability to conduct terrorist operations in the region. Previous terrorist attacks conducted in Central Asia have involved improvised explosive devices and suicide bombers and have targeted public areas, such as markets, local government facilities, and, in 2004, the U.S. and Israeli Embassies in Uzbekistan . In addition, hostage-takings and skirmishes have occurred near the Uzbek-Tajik-Kyrgyz border areas.
U.S. Embassy personnel in Central Asia continue to observe heightened security precautions at work, as well as in public places, such as markets and bazaars. Terrorists do not distinguish between official and civilian targets. As security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers seek softer targets. These targets may include facilities where Americans and other foreigners congregate and visit, such as residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, hotels, schools, outdoor recreation events, resorts, beaches, maritime facilities, airports, and aircraft.
U.S. citizens in Central Asia are urged to register and update their contact information at the nearest U.S. Embassy or through the Department of States travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov.
For more country-specific security information, U.S. citizens planning to travel to or remaining in Central Asia despite this Public Announcement should consult the Department of States country-specific Travel Warnings, Public Announcements, Consular Information Sheets, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, available on the Department of States website at http://travel.state.gov.
Updated information on travel and security in Central Asia may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.