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State Department Puts Out Worldwide Travel Alert in Response to Terror Threats


Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, left, traveler gathers his luggage at the San Francisco International Airport Sunday in San Francisco. (Photo: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The State Department has out out a worldwide travel alert for Americans in response to increased terror threats domestically and around the globe. Officials are advising U.S. citizens traveling at home and abroad to “avoid large crowds or crowed places,” particuarly during the holiday season.

“Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq,” the State Department said.

The Monday alert, which also warned Americans of the risks of using public transportation and attending theater and sporting events, is effective for three months and only expires on Feb. 24, the State Department said. It follows the U.S. Embassy in Belgium issuing a “shelter in place” order on Saturday after local authorities raised the threat of an Islamic terror attack to imminent.

The alert comes only 10 days after Islamic terrorists killed roughly 130 people in a series of deadly attacks in Paris and, while Brussels, the capital of neighboring Belgium, remained on lockdown. Belgian PM Charles Michel announced on Sunday that schools, subways will be closed due to a “serious and imminent” threat from the Islamic State and other Islamists.

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” the State Department said, noting the potential for lone-wolf and copycat attacks. “Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.”

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