BY INSI

IN BRIEF: Iraq at 16/06/14

Foreign journalists have been banned from entering al Anbar province unless they have specific approval from the relevant authorities including the Iraqi Ministry of Defence and the Anbar Operations Command Centre.

International and local journalists with inadequate paperwork have previously been detained in Iraq.

INSI suggests journalists planning to travel to Iraq let their embassy or consulate know prior to travel or as soon as they arrive.

British nationals can contact the foreign office by texting Iraq2014 to +447860010026. Messages should be restricted to 160 characters. Alternatively, e-mail your name, date of birth, passport number and location to [email protected]

INSI can be reached on +44 207 008 1500.

Photo: Iraqi soldiers parade inside the main army recruiting centre (AP)