U.S. issues global travel alert due to ‘increased terrorist threats’

A picture shows a closed entrance of the Schuman Railways station as the Belgian capital remains on the highest possible alert level on Nov. 23.

A picture shows a closed entrance of the Schuman Railways station as the Belgian capital remains on the highest possible alert level on Nov. 23.


The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday warning American citizens of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the Paris attacks.

A massive manhunt is underway in France and Belgium for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, suspected of playing a role in the coordinated shooting and suicide bombings of November 13 claimed by ISIS.

The United States has been on heightened alert in the wake of the attacks, which killed 130 people.

“Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Daesh), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” said a State Department travel advisory, using different acronyms for ISIS.

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” it said, advising Americans to avoid large crowds or crowded places and to “exercise particular caution during the holiday season.”

Citing recent attacks in Denmark, France, Mali, Nigeria and Turkey, it also noted the threat of “lone wolf” attacks by unaffiliated persons inspired by terror groups.

The alert, which expires February 24, warned that “the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Daesh return from Syria and Iraq.”

It was referring to foreign fighters who return home after having fought alongside ISIS extremists.

“Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theaters, open markets and aviation services,” the alert added.


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