THE Foreign Office has stepped up warnings on travel to the Middle
East as the US and UK prepare for war with Iraq.

UK nationals have been told to leave Israel and Kuwait
immediately, while visitors should consider leaving Jordan and Bahrain due to
the risk of terrorism and Iraqi attacks.

Syria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia should only be visited if it
is essential, while Brits in United Arab Emirates are at a high risk of a terrorist
attack.

Visitors to Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon and Oman can
continue, but UK travellers should be aware of the risk of terrorism,
especially in public places.

All travel is advised against to Yemen, the scene of several
terrorist attacks against westerners, and Brits foolish enough to go to Iraq can
expect to be taken hostage to be used as human shields.