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US to Citizens Abroad: Be Ready to Leave Country

The State Department is sending a cable to embassies around the world telling Americans abroad to be ready to leave their resident country quickly if for any reason they have to, a U.S. official said on Friday. The senior State Department official made no comment when asked if the cable was related to the possibility of a U.S.-led war against Iraq. He said the State Department has issued such reminders in the past and that there are often reasons U.S. citizens leave foreign countries in a hurry. “There is a cable going out to all our embassies to ask them to send … messages to Americans … that tells them that every year there’s natural disasters, family emergencies and other reasons that one has to leave quickly and therefore it’s always a good idea to have prescription medicines, passports and important papers on hand,” the official said. Full Story

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