‘Do Not Travel’: State Department’s List of Most Dangerous Countries to Visit

These are some of the most dangerous countries for American travelers, according to the Department of State.

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People navigate a busy street in the bazaar in Kabul's old city neighborhood on July 20, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to the United Nations, Kabul province had the highest number of civilian casualties in 2017 due to suicide and complex attacks in Kabul city, <a href="/news/national-international/Afghanistan-Car-Bomb-Attack-Kabul-471405624.html" target="_blank">with over 100 people dead and 235 wounded in a car bombing</a> on January 2018 alone.
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with internally displaced people outside the main mosque on April 5, 2014, in Bangui, Central African Republic. The CAR has long been besieged with <a href="/news/national-international/Pope-Heads-to-Central-African-Republic-With-Peace-Message-357550121.html" target="_blank">civil unrest between Muslim rebel groups and Christian authorities</a>, making it one of the more dangerous countries to visit.
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Iranian hikers travel down a mountain in Tehran, Iran, on April, 2, 2017. Tensions between Iran and the U.S. stemming from the 1979 Islamic Revolution has remained at an all-time high, with some demonstrators seen <a href="/news/national-international/Iran-Anniversary-Islamic-Revolution--473720503.html" target="_blank">burning American and Israeli flags</a> at the anniversary's celebration.
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A man rides a motorbike past destroyed buildings in an outer neighborhood of the Old City in West Mosul on Nov. 6, 2017 in Mosul, Iraq. <a href="/news/politics/US-Starts-Iraq-Drawdown-After-Declaration-of-Victory-over-Islamic-State-472707963.html" target="_blank">Residents have returned to the destroyed city to rebuild their lives</a> after more than two years of ISIS occupation, savage fighting and airstrikes. Westerners, particularly from the United States, are still at <a href=https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/iraq-travel-advisory.html" target="_blank">high risk for kidnapping and ransom, however</a>, according to the State Department.
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Libyans wave national flags as they attend a celebration marking the seventh anniversary of the Libyan revolution in Tripoli's Martyrs Square on Feb. 17, 2018. The 2011 killing of Moammar Gadhafi opened up the city to <a href="/news/national-international/Benghazi-Libya-Explosions-470791123.html" target="_blank"> fighting between different ruling factions within the country and civil unrest</a>.
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Tight security surrounds Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as he visits a reopened Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 21, 2015. <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/deaths-confirmed-gunmen-attack-mali-tourist-resort-n773841" target="_blank">Deadly terrorist attacks aimed at tourist-friendly resorts and hotels</a>, as well as high levels of violent crime, had put Mali on the State Department's 'Do Not Travel' list.
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A mass rally organizes in the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, Jan. 4, 2018. The North Korean regime is known for detaining U.S. citizens, <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/otto-warmbier-s-parents-rip-n-korea-terrorists-who-destroyed-n804761" target="_blank">as was the case with American college student Otto Warmbier</a>. Warmbier, who was detained by the regime after he allegedly tried to steal a propaganda banner on a tourist trip to North Korea, died after his release.
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An aerial view of Mogadishu is seen from a United Nations helicopter on Oct. 10, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country is the site of <a href="/news/politics/US-Drone-Strike-Targets-Al-Shabab-After-Somalia-Attack-451863553.html" target="_blank">frequent bombings and attacks</a>, especially by <a href="/news/national-international/UN-Peacekeepers-Killed-Congo-Attack-462797043.html" target="_blank">Al-Shabab terrorists</a>.
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Some of the more than 30,000 civilians sheltering in a United Nations base in South Sudan's capital Juba walk by an armored vehicle and a watchtower manned by Chinese UN peacekeepers on July 25, 2016. South Sudan's civil war, started in December 2013, has made <a href="/news/national-international/1-Million-Children-Refugees-South-Sudan-UN-421637833.html" target="_blank">one million Sudanese children flee for their safety, with another million displaced from their homes.</a>
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Damaged buildings from fighting and airstrikes from the Syrian government in the town of Harasta, east of Damascus, Syria, as seen on March. 26, 2018. <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/investigators-quietly-probe-allegations-syrian-war-crimes-n858641" target="_blank">A history of chemical warfare against Syrians</a>, with the latest <a href="/news/national-international/Syria-Gas-Attack-Capital-Kills-40---479080063.html" target="_blank">killing 40 in Douma</a>, has prompted the possibility of a military response from President Donald Trump just days after Trump voiced the possibility of pulling U.S. troops out of Syria.
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Images over the ancient old city within the heart of Sana'a, the capital city of Yemen, as seen on August 16, 2010. Much like its neighboring countries in the Middle East, Yemen is caught in a civil conflict between a <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/haley-displays-missile-evidence-iran-violating-nuclear-deal-n829761" target="_blank">Saudi-led government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.</a>
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The five Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero were placed on the State Department's sternest advisory level for travel, on par with war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. While most Mexican states received a level 2 or 3 warning at most, these five received the "Do Not Travel" level 4 warning as a result of <a href="/news/politics/5-Mexican-States-US-Travel-Warning--468652973.html" target="_blank">cartel activities and drug trafficking.</a>
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