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: Tunis (Tunisia), Reminder to Maintain High Vigilance
With the return of the summer travel and tourist season, the U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens visiting or resident in Tunisia to the risks of travel…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Exercise Caution at Cultural…
The United States Mission in Saudi Arabia advises its staff and private U.S. citizens to exercise caution when attending large public gatherings,…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rabat (Morocco), Protest on July 29
The U.S. Embassy has been made aware of a potential protest or sit-in scheduled for this afternoon, July 29, outside of the Libyan Embassy on Avenue…