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al Qaeda Terrorism Threat Spurs US WorldWide Travel Alert

The US State Department issued a Worldwide Travel Alert warning that al Qaeda terrorists may be planning an imminent attack on US citizens abroad throughout the month of August

US State Dept issued a Worldwide Travel Alert on Aug. 2, due to threat of terrorism from al Qaeda and its affiliates

US State Dept issued a Worldwide Travel Alert on Aug. 2, due to terrorism threat from al Qaeda and its affiliates

The U.S. Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert on Friday, August 2, on the heels of a surprise and shocking announcement on Thursday during the daily State Department press conference, regarding embassy and consulate closings on Sunday, August 4.

The shuttering of diplomatic outposts in the Muslim world – whose embassies and consulates are typically open on Sunday, where it is a regular workday – and the travel alert are all based on current information suggesting that al-Qaeda and its affiliates are planning terrorist attacks on American citizens or interests in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida 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,” reads the alert on the State Department’s website.

The alert suggested, in particular, that transportation and other tourist infrastructure may be at risk.

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.

In addition, the State Department recommends that U.S. citizens traveling abroad register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – which provides the latest security updates and facilitates U.S. embassy or consulate personnel to contact U.S. citizens when and if the need arises.

In addition to the standard hurricane season alert, which is in force in the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico between June 1 and  November 30, there are five State Department Travel Alerts currently in place.

The WorldWide Travel Alert which was just issued Friday, August 1, is the latest of the alerts.  There is also an Alert for Americans traveling to the African Muslim country of Mali where presidential elections were just held.  This Travel Alert expires on August 20, 2013.

On May 31 a three month Travel Alert was issued for Cameroon, where the radical Islamist group Boko Haram is increasingly active. There is also a three month Travel Alert in place for Iran, where the Shia government as well as many citizens hold strong anti-American sentiments.  The U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with Iran.

The U.S. State Department Travel Alert for Egypt is set to expire on August 15. The current unrest and political upheaval suggests the Alert will be renewed upon its expiration.

During Thursday’s press conference during which the embassy and consulate closings were discussed, a member of the press asked whether it might not be prudent to warn and protect American citizens, as well as the U.S. diplomatic corps, if there were credible threats of terrorist attacks.

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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7 Responses to “al Qaeda Terrorism Threat Spurs US WorldWide Travel Alert”

  1. So are we going back to the Post-9/11 color-coded “terror alert” levels? This is complete nonsense to distract from the Bradley Manning verdict and Edward Snowden’s asylum- a simple press release to SCARE everyone back into approving the Surveillance State. Read about the Orwellian Nightmare we’ve woken to at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html.

  2. Rob Conwell says:

    But how can this be? Mr Obama said Al Qaeda was defeated, didn't he?

  3. Obama is the biggest liar I ever have knowed.

  4. Jon Wolbers says:

    Bin Laden is dead, and Al Queda is deafeated yeah right.

  5. Al-CIA-DA! Was created and is still run by the CIA.
    They use it as a tool to create the illusion of a fake enemy.
    This enables the military industrial complex to make trillions of dollars and take away USA civil rights and freedoms more and more each day in the name of protecting you.
    This is exactly how the mafia works pay for protection from THEM. If they warn of an impending attack it will probobly come from them, this way they will say see… We told you so now we have to take away more civil liberties to protect you. Most Americans are fooled by this since they Niavely think the gov is there to. Protect them.

  6. Joszef Patar says:

    And Obama wants Israel to release 104 Terrorists?

  7. Jan Mayfield says:

    Obama cares nothing for anyone or anything, other than himself. I only hope Israel knows this..

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