Going somewhere this winter? The U.S. State Department issued a rare travel warning to Americans who are venturing abroad. Americans, it seems, may be targets — more than usual.
“Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution. U.S. citizens should:
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency overseas.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.”
There is cause for concern, especially for journalists traveling abroad. As many as 21 journalists have been killed in the conflict in Israel, it has been reported by The Guardian newspaper. In Russia, authorities arrested an editor for Radio Fee Europe/Radio Liberty, which is a U.S. government-sponsored news outlet. The editor is accused of spying on the Russian military.
The last time the State Department issued a worldwide alert was after the death of al-Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in August of 2022.