Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert, urging Americans to take caution this holiday season when traveling or gathering in busy public places.
According to USA Today, alerts from the State Department are, “usually focused on travel to specific countries for specific reasons.” But this week’s warning was global, encouraging Americans to be on alert for possible terrorist attacks wherever they’re traveling.
The warning comes in the wake of numerous terrorist attacks around the world, including a coordinated series of attacks in Paris earlier this month that claimed the lives of 130 people. The State Department warns that multiple regions around the world are currently under threat of similar attacks from groups like ISIS, al-Qa’ida and Boko Haram.
Although the alert may come as chilling, it’s not the first time the American public has been warned to take extra precautions. Since May of 2011, four similar global notices have been issued by the State Department.
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