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US Warns of Possible Terror Attacks in Uzbekistan - 2003-12-18

The United States has issued a new warning that terrorists may be planning attacks against foreign interests in Uzbekistan.

The U.S. State Department warning, issued Wednesday, says terrorists may be planning attacks against hotels popular with Westerners, as well as embassies and other institutions representing or associated with foreign interests.

The State Department says terror groups like al-Qaida, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement remain active in the region and may attempt to target U.S. interests in the former Soviet republic.

The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent has also heightened security precautions.

The United States urged its citizens to consider safety risks before deciding to travel to Uzbekistan. Washington issued a similar warning for Uzbekistan in September.