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State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert For U.S. Citizens

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Because of an Al-Qaeda threat, the State Department is issuing a global travel alert to American citizens abroad.

According to the State Department, there is a strong chance of terrorism in the Middle East and in North Africa and there may be an attack on or from the Arabian Peninsula.

The State Department announced yesterday it would close its embassies and consulates in the Muslim world on Sunday because of threats.

Sunday is a work day in the Muslim world, but American embassies in Europe and Latin America are closed on Sunday.

The last major warning came last year about potential violence tied to the anniversary of September 11th terror attacks.  Obama administration officials originally said protests in Benghazi were over an American-made, anti-Islam video.  However, the attacks the left the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three Americans killed were later described as not being connected to the video.

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