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US issues global travel alert, citing al-Qaida threat

Published:Friday | August 2, 2013 | 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AP):

The United States has issued a global travel alert to its citizens, citing an al-Qaida threat.




The alert comes after a threat that caused the State Department to close 21 embassies and consulates this weekend in the Muslim world.



The State Department warned American citizens of the potential for terrorism particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, with a possible attack occurring or coming from the Arabian Peninsula.



It urged American travelers to take extra precautions when traveling overseas and suggested they sign up for State Department alerts and register with US consulates in the countries they are visiting.



The alert was posted a day after the US announced it would close diplomatic facilities on Sunday because of an unspecified threat.



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