State Department Issues Travel Warning For Europe Due To Terror Risk

The U.S. Department of State issued a travel alert to American citizens today, warning them that they may be caught up in a terror attack by “terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists” that may occur with little or no warning.

Recent attacks in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom by ISIS, Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups were cited by the State Department as evidence that there was cause for concern about future operations the groups might try to enact over the summer.

Despite the counterterrorism operations being enacted by local governments, extremists are likely to continue targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, and airports.

Terror organizations are likely to employ a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons to commit attacks with very little opportunity for detection beforehand.

The State Department’s warning comes six days before the second round of France’s general election, which has itself been plagued with security concerns. The alert will expire on September 1st, 2017.

Full text of the State Department’s travel alert

Author: William Craddick

Writer, Editor-in-Chief, and founder of Disobedient Media.