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Friday, August 2, 2013
STATE DEPT ISSUES TRAVEL WARNINGS DUE TO AL QAEDA THREAT
The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans Friday, warning that there is a potential terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda.
“Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the alert reads.
The Department warns that the Middle East and North Africa are particularly vulnerable, especially the Arabian Peninsula where a potential attack could occur or emanate from.
The alert emphasizes that “terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.”
“U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services,” the alert reads.
On Thursday, the State Department signaled that they would be closing embassies temporarily across the Middle East and North Africa.