U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert Amid Al Qaeda Threat

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Airbus_A319-132,_US_Airways_AN1545141(CNN) — The State Department on Friday issued a travel alert for U.S. citizens about possible terrorist attacks in the Middle East and North Africa by al Qaeda and affiliated organizations.

“Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests,” said the alert, which came after officials said U.S. embassies in Egypt and some other Middle Eastern countries would be closed Sunday as a precaution.

Al Qaeda is linked to a terror threat that prompted the embassy closings, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.

“It’s my understanding that it is al Qaeda-linked, all right, and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia,” said Royce, a California Republican who’s chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

On Thursday, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly about the matter called the threat “credible and serious.”

It was “directed at American targets overseas,” but may not be confined to main diplomatic facilities, the official said.

In addition to Egypt, the State Department action includes diplomatic facilities in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq and Kuwait, according to the agency and Twitter postings.

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  • K-Dude

    Are we that stupid that we have to be warned about potential terrorist attacks against Americans in the middle east & N. Africa?