The U.S. State Department warns that the likelihood of terror attacks from members of ISIL/ISIS/Da’esh and Boko Haram is currently high worldwide and attacks may include conventional and non-conventional weapons.
The department recommends that American citizens remain alert and vigilant when using public transportation and attending public events.
There are two levels of caution which the State Department issues to U.S. travelers. Travel Alerts, issued for short-term events such as when certain temporary activity is taking place in a particular country, such as political elections, demonstrations, health related issues such an outbreak of H1N1 and other elevated risks, and Travel Warnings, issued when the State Department requests that U.S. travelers consider very carefully whether a particular country should be visited at all. Reasons for issuing Travel Warnings may include war, unstable governments, crime, violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.
A world-wide Travel Alert is issued occasionally when there is a higher threat level. A State Department official told Fox News, “We want folks to still travel, but just to exercise great vigilance.”
The alert warns that, “U.S. 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.”
The Travel Alert issued on November 23rd expires February 24, 2016