Tuesday 24 November 2015

BREAKING: State Department travel warning

US State Dept. issues travel warning for Americans over terror threats
© Jonathan Alcorn
23 Novermber, 2015

The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert on Monday, warning travelers of the potential risks of terrorism by the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other unaffiliated individuals inspired by those groups.

The alert references past threats made against "large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services" and cites attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali during the past year, as well as the downed Russian airliner over Egypt.

Travel Alert: Authorities believe likelihood of terror attacks will continue as ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria/ Iraq.


Encouraging US citizens to "exercise vigilance," the State Department stressed the holiday season and holiday-related festivities as targets, saying citizens should "follow the instructions of local authorities" and follow updates in the media when planning to travel, prepare for additional security screenings, to stay in touch with family in case of an emergency, and register with State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

CBS News Correspondent Margaret Brennan says this is the first World Travel Alert since December 2014.

. issued a worldwide travel alert - 1st time since Dec 2014 - urging Americans to be extra vigilant given increased terror threats


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