State Dept. issues warning against terror threat
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State Dept. issues warning against terror threat

American citizens, Westerners at risk of being kidnapped, attacked in Europe or overseas, US government warns

The World Trade Center Flag is presented as friends and relatives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gather at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, for a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks in New York (photo credit: AP/Jason DeCrow)
The World Trade Center Flag is presented as friends and relatives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gather at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, for a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks in New York (photo credit: AP/Jason DeCrow)

The US State Department issued a worldwide caution against the continued threat of terrorist attacks against US citizens and overseas interests.

“Current information suggests that al-Qaeda, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan and encourage kidnappings of US citizens and Westerners,” the warning issued last week said.

“Information also suggests that al-Qaeda and its affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.”

The warning cautioned against Hezbollah in Lebanon, which the US government has designated as a terrorist organization, citing “spillover violence” from the current crisis in Syria.

The statement said that “no part of Syria should be considered immune from violence.”

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