6) Department of State Updates Worldwide Caution

The Department of State recently updated its warning against the continued terrorist threat against USA citizens and others. They reminded travelers and citizens to be vigilant throughout the world. They highlighted al-Qaida and its affiliates. They mentioned suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings. Although the warning is somewhat generic, it’s a chilling reminder that bad guys can use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. It appears that practically no environment is exempt. The warning asks us to be very aware at “high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.” The translation is — just about everywhere, at any time, you could become a target. Yikes.  There were regional warnings too. See the entire warning at…

 

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4787.html

 

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