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Iranian law enforcement officials ban travel to Iraq due to poor security

Tehran, Dec 22, IRNA -- A ban on the travel of Iranian nationals to Iraq's holy cities has been issued by the Law Enforcement Headquarters in Tehran until the peace and order situation in that country improves.

The headquarters' press center, in a statement published Wednesday, said that the prohibition was issued due to the worsening situation in Iraq and the growing possibility of a worsening of the security situation in that country.

"All borders of Iran with Iraq are now closed and movements in and out of borders are prohibited until further notice," the statement, addressed to all Iranian nationals desirous of making pilgrimages to Iraqi holy sites, said.

The statement emphasized that the ban would be effective until relative security was restored in Iraq.

It also warned Iranians to "seriously avoid any attempt, legal or illegal, to cross the border during the period."

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