State Department issues worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens due to al-Qaeda threat

By Kay Steiger
Friday, August 2, 2013 11:11 EDT
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The Associated Press reported on Friday that the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens due to an unspecified al-Qaeda threat. NBC News confirmed the report.

The AP said officials are concerned about a possible attack coming from the Arabian peninsula and possibly occurring in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Wall Street Journal published the entire alert, and an excerpt is published below:

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2013.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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