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ALGERIA

The U.S. Department of State is requesting all United States citizens use extreme caution when traveling to Algeria at this time. Security issues and increased terror threats are the reason for this update. This Travel Warning dated March 16, 2011 supercedes the Travel Warning of April 2, 2010.

When traveling to Algeria now, U.S. citizens are likely to encounter the following personal security safety issues. They include, but are not limited tobombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, and ambushes, which are a regular occurrence, especially in the rural areas, like Kabylie region of the country.

Algeria and its capital, Algiers, are noted for frequent suicide bombing attacks, vehicle-borne attacks, which have increased since the beginning in 2007. According to the State Department, “The group that claimed credit for the December 11, 2007 suicide car-bomb attacks in Algiers has pledged more attacks against foreign targets, and specifically against American targets.”

Traveling to or through Algeria is not advisable. “U.S. citizens who reside or travel in Algeria should take prudent personal security measures, according to State Department officials. If you do travel to Algeria, take with you a solid reserve of medicine, food, and water in the event of an emergency.

Civil unrest and riots continue and have been on the rise in areas of Algiers and multiple other cities, since January 2011. U.S. citizens are asked to avoid large crowds and maintain a heightened awareness of their surroundings at all times. The State Department is also recommending that U.S. citizens stay “only in hotels,” where more security is provided.

U.S. Embassy personnel assigned to Algiers, as time develops may be placed under tighter security restrictions, where they live and work, for their own protection.

According to the State Department, “The Government of Algeria requires U.S. Embassy personnel to seek permission to travel to the Casbah within Algiers or outside the province of Algiers and to have a security escort. Travel to the military zone established around the Hassi Messaoud oil center requires Government of Algeria authorization. Daily movement of embassy personnel in parts of Algiers is limited, and prudent security practices are required at all times. Travel by embassy personnel within certain areas of the city requires prior coordination with the Embassy’s Regional Security Office. U.S. citizen visitors are encouraged to contact the Embassy’s Consular Section for the most recent safety and security information concerning travel in the city of Algiers.”

 

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At age 6, Susan was destined to be a journalist and photographer. In 1980, Susan founded Bainbridge News and The Bainbridge Chronicle Newspaper. Bainbridge News specializes in Military and National Politics, including Military Funerals and Burials and Political Funerals and Burials. Susan has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She has covered every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Recognized for her versatility, Susan has also covered finance, crime, civil rights events, marches, sports, musical events and more. In 1990, she established Bainbridge Photography, an On-Location photography company. In addition to military and political events, including Military and Political funerals and burials, Bainbridge Photography expanded into covering ALL funerals and burials, receptions, weddings, real estate, inventory, insurance, portrait, head shot, pets, fire and Hazmat. Miss Bainbridge believes in going the extra mile. "My Clients always come first." In 1980, Susan began her career in Washington, D.C., working for WMZQ Radio as a reporter and guest hostess from 1980 to 1985. Intrigued by radio, Susan wanted to write, freelancing for radio, television and print newspapers, including AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Northern Virginia Sun, The Press-Republicanand The Bainbridge Chronicle (established by Susan Bainbridge). In 1986, Susan worked at WDCA-TV Channel 20 as a guest hostess for "Eye On Washington." From 1990 to 1994, Susan reported and anchored for "The Arlington Weekly News." Additionally, she produced a segment for the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show. A prolific writer, while in high school in 1977, Bainbridge wrote an episode for NBC's "Little House on The Prairie" entitled "Laura's Best Friend." Though the show's producers did not use the script then, NBC producers encouraged Susan to pursue a writing and journalism career. Susan is a member of the National Press Club, the National Press Photographer's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susan Bainbridge's recognitions include from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late actor Lorne Greene, among many others. BAINBRIDGE NEWS was founded in 1980 by Susan Bainbridge (a sixth generation writer), a third generation journalist, a first generation photographer and a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first generation to establish a news business. Bainbridge News is dedicated in honor of Miss Bainbridge's late grandfather and idol, Mark S. Watson (The Baltimore Sun editor and war correspondent from 1920 to his death in 1966).

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