Because of growing concerns of overseas terror threats, the U.S. Department of State issued a rare worldwide travel alert for all American citizens. What makes it rare is that the alert doesn’t target a specific region.
“Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests,” a statement from the department read.
“Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.”
Last week, the Islamic State released a video depicting scenes from New York City’s Times Square intertwined with the depiction of a man donning a suicide vest.
One day later, the same group released a video, narrated entirely in Arabic, targeting the White House.
“We understand it is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We will not submit. It’s crucial that people go about their normal business recognizing the NYPD is providing extraordinary protection for the people of this city.”
This alert comes at the time of the busiest travel season in the United States — the days prior to Thanksgiving — when Americans worldwide return home to celebrate the holiday with their families.
Watch the two videos, via Pix11.
Amid President Barack Obama’s claims that al-Qaida is on the run and comparing the Islamic State to a junior varsity team, sarcasm abounded on social media. Here are a few examples.
Advisory from US State Department: avoid planet Earth if possible pic.twitter.com/yFHz16zLdS
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 23, 2015
@iowahawkblog Well at least Obama has ISIS contained to Earth
— Drunk Gershwin (@DrunkGershwin) November 23, 2015
@iowahawkblog Message from White House: does this advisory apply to golf courses in and around the United States?
— Miao (@MiaoReport) November 24, 2015
— abacus (@funEbone2u) November 23, 2015
— DB Cozart (@dbcpac) November 24, 2015
@iowahawkblog Crap, I was just going to run to Walgreens and pickup a prescription… — Hot & Emo (@x05_dot_org) November 24, 2015
@iowahawkblog climate change is affecting flights all over
— Triple888s (@triple888s) November 23, 2015
@0rockstar0real lucky!! They love goats
— dave (@dmy78) November 24, 2015
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