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U.S. issues global travel alert, cites potential al Qaeda threat

Pedestrians walk past the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv August 2, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Pedestrians walk past the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv August 2, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday, warning U.S. citizens about the "continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa."

In a statement, the State Department said current information suggests al Qaeda and its affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in the Middle East and beyond, and may concentrate those efforts in August.

A U.S. official said the alert was based on the same intelligence information that prompted U.S. embassy closures for this Sunday.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Susan Heavey; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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