State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

The U.S. has issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres.

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

They also warned of the possibility of individuals carrying out their own attacks.

“These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both officials and private interests,” the department said in issuing a travel alert that is set to expire on February 24, 2016.

To be clear, the alert does not hinder any Americans that decide to travel, instead it does urge U.S. citizens to “exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.”

Be aware of your surroundings and avoid large crowds if you can. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday events or festivals.

An "Alert" is time-limited, often for 90 days, at which it can be reviewed. An alert is not necessarily stronger or weaker than a caution. The most recent worldwide travel alert was issued in December 2014.

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