Yesterday, after disclosing that embassies around the world will be closed on Sunday, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday to Americans traveling internationally.
“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. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2013, according to the State Departments release.”
The warning instructs Americans to be alert of their surroundings because terrorist may use a variety of means to accomplish their mission and may target different forms of transportation, from subway and rail systems to aviation and maritime services.
It is also recommended that citizens traveling abroad register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website.
“We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling abroad enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.”
The State Department on Thursday revealed plans to close embassies in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Iraq and other nations on Sunday. The embassies will remain closed until the State Department deems it safe to reopen them.
The State Department is responsible for alerting Americans when it is unsafe to travel.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the threat was linked to Al Qaeda and it originated from Middle East and Central Asia.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf on yesterday, reported the State Department was taking the steps “out of an abundance of caution.”
Precautions have increased since the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans.
By: Veverly Edwards