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Security Ramps up this Holiday Season; State Department Issues Warning

Security Ramps up this Holiday Season; State Department Issues Warning
November 24
15:34 2015

The US State Department has issued a “Worldwide Travel Alert” warning US citizens both at home and abroad this holiday season to be careful and watchful while traveling and to avoid large crowds.

Worldwide alerts have been issued in the past, but occurrences are rare. Such warnings were issued on the 10th anniversary of September 11th, during the weeks immediately following the death of Osama bin Laden, and after an isolated terror attack last December in Sydney, Australia.

“Current information suggest that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” reads the travel alert. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.”

Paris, Egypt, and Mali have all suffered at the hands of terrorists. Will the United States be next?

Local law enforcement and airport security are preparing for the worst after warnings from the FBI and Homeland Security that a Paris-style attack may be imminent. The FBI Homeland Security bulletin warned police: “Homegrown radicals inspired or directed by Syria-based operatives represent the most likely ISIS threat to the homeland” this holiday season.

“The public should expect to see enhanced security around airports, around train stations, mass transit systems, any place where there are large crowds gathered,” reports ABC.

The State Department’s alert will expire February of next year. While the report is not meant to stop Americans from traveling this holiday, it is meant to make them cautious: “US citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. US citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.”

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