Al Qaeda threat in Middle East and North Africa
The United States has issued a global travel alert, saying that al Qaeda may be planning attacks against Americans and others during August, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.
The US State Department alert is based on the same intelligence that prompted it to close 21 US embassies and consulates on Sunday, Reuters reports.
The attacks would be “possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula,” a State Department statement said.
“Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the statement added. The travel alert expires on August 31.
“The intent is to attack Western, not just US interests,” General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC News in an interview on Sunday.