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Kyrgyz Republic Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

May 07, 2003

This Public Announcement alerts Americans that extremist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a terrorist organization with links to Al-Qaida, may be planning terrorist acts targeting Americans or American interests in the Kyrgyz Republic. U.S. citizens are urged to consider their safety and security before traveling to the Kyrgyz Republic. This Public Announcement replaces the Public Announcement of December 3, 2002, and expires on October 31, 2003.

The U.S. Government has learned the IMU has become increasingly active in Central Asia. There are indications that extremists may be planning a range of terrorist attacks targeting U.S. interests in the Kyrgyz Republic. The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek continues to observe heightened security precautions.

Travel by U.S. Government personnel to areas of the Kyrgyz Republic south and west of Osh is currently restricted. The security situation remains fluid in the area along the Kyrgyz-Tajik and Kyrgyz-Uzbek borders. This is due to the history of IMU activity in the area and the presence of land mines in the Batken Oblast region and along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends against travel to these areas.

U.S. citizens are urged to register and update their contact information at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. Updated information on travel and security in the Kyrgyz Republic may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for the Kyrgyz Republic, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, and the Travel Publication "A Safe Trip Abroad," all of which are available on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.

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