Why Did State Department Issue Travel Warning For Americans?


On Monday, the State Department issued a worldwide travel warning for U.S. citizens due to potential risks potential risks of terrorism.

The alert follows information that ISIS, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups are planning terrorist attacks in multiple regions. They may employ a wide variety of tactics, with conventional and non-conventional weapons. The terrorists, according to the information, may target both official and private interests.

Authorities believe that the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as ISIS members return from Syria and Iraq, as well as there is a threat from unaffiliated and individuals inspired by major terrorist organizations, according to the State Department.

Previously, terrorists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services, and in the past year, they conducted multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.

The State Department urges Americans to exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. They should exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events, according to the Department.

“Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country,” State Department said in a statement.

The citizens also recommended to register in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Further, the State Department said that they are sharing information with allies about threats of international terrorism to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen defenses against potential threats.

This travel warning will expires on February 24, 2016.