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Global travel alert issued for Americans

On Monday the US government issued a global travel alert for Americans in response to continuing widespread threats from terror organizations.

The alert said that increased threats from Islamic State in Iraq, Boko Haram and al-Qaeda as well as copycat groups and individuals continue to cause concern with the recent assaults in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey and Mali.

The State Department warned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram “continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.”

The travel alert comes on the heels of one of the busiest travel weeks in the US, Thanksgiving.

The alert does not instruct Americans to avoid travel, but it does urge U.S. citizens to “exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.”

U.S. Department of State also says, “U.S. citizens should be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.”

It warned that “there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis,” pointing specifically to large sporting events, theaters, open markets and airlines.

Usually State alerts are focused on specific countries for specific reasons, however, Monday’s warning is global, meaning American travelers should exercise caution anywhere they travel.

Normally travel alerts are issued for 90 days, after which time they are reviewed. This global travel alert is in place until February 24, 2016. Citizens concerned about travel can enroll in the State’s free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.


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