Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--December 18, 2014. The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Mali. We strongly warn against travel to the northern parts of the country and along the border with Mauritania because of ongoing military operations and threats of attacks and kidnappings targeting westerners. Mali faces significant security challenges because of the presence in northern Mali of extremists and militant factions. In October, Mali reported its first cases of . . .