Anyone been out to Iraq recently? Erbil in particular
OP just to add I am not adverse to visiting difficult areas, eg went to Kuwait just after the end of the first gulf war occupation, visited Saudi etc during some very tense times, travel Asia during SARs but this is really right off the scale. The whole IS/Al-Q tactics these days are very different and targeted as Western travellers/workersPosted 2 years ago
Yeah thats my concern that the threat level is different but there are a lot of westerners over there still. I was just hoping to try get a different angle from someone who may know someone there or who has been there recently. Ive spoken to consulate and im waiting on hearing back from my Basra based security consultant, im not just looking here.Posted 2 years agoLoCoMember
Answer from friend in ‘security’ business.
One of the safest bits Iraq as in Kurdish area, but it still Iraq 😐
Can get more info if wanted as have friend of friend there with red cross atm.
Can move around with relative freedom, stuff does happen but with less regularity.
EDIT: it was also stressed that all contact with Kurdish women should be avoided as you will come to a very unpleasant end.Posted 2 years agoPawsy_BearSubscriber
Wouldn’t go there, agree with jambalaya. And I wouldn’t trust local or contractor security either. If the consulate has withdrawn and it’s red and given the media coverage of the situation I would agree with the UK foreign office. Can the money be really worth the risk and why can’t the Iraq’s fix it?Posted 2 years ago
Just looking for some actual info on Erbil? Im put my cards in and said im not going but a couple of colleagues are possibly going. We were there last year but conscious that things have changed. It would be a fly into Erbil, night in hotel then 3 vehicle armed convoy to the oilfield at Atrush i believe.
I’m just trying to ascertain the actual “real” risk, yes the consulate has withdrawn and its in the FCO red zone but that doesn’t always reflect reality. Any one who has any real world info would be greatly appreciated.Posted 2 years ago
Nice city to be honest. When I was last there we walked out for a beer- v v different to the south of Iraq.Posted 2 years ago
Consular advice tends to be so risk averse that it’s hopeless. I can get a full readout on your areas of interest tomorrow if you want? Colleagues have been there for ~3 yrs and have a good impartial view.
Near Dohuk, Marathon Oil? Not been there since Dec 13 and teams did change their route in from Erbil during summer ’14 but not heard any problems there recently. Some problems as 1/2m refugees moved into Dohuk causing some supply issues, but out in your base, I’d suspect this wouldn’t affect you.Posted 2 years ago
As prev post said, check on private security provider’s track record…EdwardHSubscriber
The situation is no worse than it was this time last year when we were being told ‘everything is fine’ while the yanks knew the poop was close to hitting the fan in Mosul but in Kurdistan itself everything was OK. Though it really does depend on where you are heading, if you are in Erbil or heading east and south east of Erbil I dont see any issues. The likes of Harir and shaqlawa should be ok. The only note of worry i have heard recently was that there was a car bomb in Erbil a month ago, which i think is the third such thing since the region opened up.Posted 2 years ago
I am waiting on a green light from a rather paranoid operator and expect to be there next week. I have colleagues who have been back there since the end of last year and they haven’t said anything worth worying about and one of them was in hanjeer. I would just avoid Jabal Khand and Baeshiqa until the nutters have been wiped out.
Cheers guys, some really useful information there, just what i was looking for really.
We were there 12/18 months back and while looking down on Mosul it didn’t seem too threatening form what i understand and it appears that not much has changed really.
I think its a proceed with caution having an understanding of the situation and what to expect and if anything having the correct evacuation procedure in place.Posted 2 years ago
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