Near East

Hajj 2016: A Safety & Security Guide
The Hajj is the largest annual gathering in the world, and as such can be associated with potential criminal risks, disease and infrastructure…

The Liberation of Sirte: Outlook for ISIL in Libya
Libya’s United Nations (UN)-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) launched a campaign in May to liberate territory from the Islamic State of…

July 4 Saudi Arabia Suicide Bombings
Multiple suicide bombings occurred in Saudi Arabia on July 4, as Ramadan was ending and the three-day Eid-al-Fitr holiday began on July 6. No group…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem, Security Alert & Roadblocks
Beginning the evening of September 27, Israeli Security Forces have deployed roadblocks with additional security checks in and around Jerusalem…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem, Old City Advisory
A recent uptick in stabbing attacks in and around the Old City of Jerusalem has led the U.S. Consulate General to recommend that all U.S. government…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Amman (Jordan), Worldwide Caution and Parliamentary…
The Department of State has updated our Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S.…