US issues global travel alert, cites potential al-Qaida threat

August 2, 2013 18:31

WASHINGTON - The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday, warning US citizens about the "continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa."

In a statement, the State Department said current information suggests al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in the Middle East and beyond, and may concentrate those efforts in August.

A US official said the alert was based on the same intelligence information that prompted US embassy closures for this Sunday.

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