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Iran. Travel warning updated: June 15, 2009

As election protests continue in Tehran, tourists are advised now more than ever to avoid travel to Iran.

There have been violent clashes at demonstrations with some deaths, reports the U.S. state department. International and internal communications have been disrupted including text messaging, mobile telephone coverage and the Internet.

Westerners have, in the past, been the target of kidnapping by criminal gangs in southeast Iran.

The U.S. government does not have an embassy in Tehran and therefore cannot offer support for American citizens.

The Iranian Government doesn't recognize dual citizenship for those holding Iranian and American citizenships. U.S. citizens of Iranian origin have been detained and harassed by Iranian authorities, according to worldtravelguide.net. Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, as well as persons who encourage Muslims to convert, are subject to arrest and prosecution.

Some elements of the Iranian regime and the population remain hostile to the United States.

American citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling in Iran, according to the state department. In addition to this travel warning the other 10 countries that the U.S. state department has most recently put on travel warnings follows:

Uzbekistan. Travel warning updated: June 16, 2009

Uzbekistan has been in a state of relative instability since the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. The Uzbek government has been accused of alienating its Muslim population, according to globalsecurity.org

"As a result, many analysts have partly attributed the rise of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) to this alienation....Terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Al-Qaeda, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement are active in the region," according to the U.S. state department Web site.

The site reports that the U.S. government continues to receive information that indicates terrorist groups may be planning attacks in Uzbekistan. "Members of these groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and have attacked U.S. government interests in the past, including the U.S. embassy in Tashkent, and may attempt to target U.S. government or private American interests in Uzbekistan," according to the state department Web site.

"In the past, these groups have conducted kidnappings, assassinations, and suicide bombings. High security at official U.S. facilities may lead terrorists and their sympathizers to seek softer targets. These may include facilities where Americans and other foreigners congregate or visit, such as residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events, and resorts."

Iraq. Travel warning updated: June 12, 2009

"Attacks against military and civilian targets throughout Iraq continue, including in the International or 'Green' Zone. Methods of attack have included roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mortars and rockets, and human- and vehicle-borne IEDs. Kidnappings still occur; the most recent confirmed kidnapping of an American citizen reported to the U.S. embassy occurred during July 2008 in Nassariya. In addition to terrorist and criminal attacks, sectarian violence occurs often," according to the state department Web site.

Pakistan. Travel warning updated: June 12, 2009

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