The US Department of State has issued a Worldwide Travel Alert, warning all US citizens of the increased risk of terrorist attacks.
The warning states: “Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.”
The travel alert expires on February 24, 2016.
RT reports: 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. https://t.co/Ebm8Ny3Bom
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) November 23, 2015
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.