Reuters News on Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Britain told its nationals in Iraq Wednesday to leave the country immediately, citing “increasing tension in the region and the risk of terrorist action.”
The Foreign Office, which has long advised against travel to Iraq, said anyone considering going there should remember that Britons were held hostage by the Baghdad government in the run-up to the 1991 Gulf War.
We advise any British nationals already there to leave immediately. We are giving this advice because of the increasing regional tension and of the risk of terrorist action,” it said in a statement. Britain and the United States have threatened to wage war on Iraq if it does not disarm itself of alleged weapons of mass destruction.
“If you are considering going to Iraq you should be aware that British nationals were used as hostages during the 1990/1 crisis by the Iraqi regime, being held where their safety was at most risk,” the Foreign Office said.