U.S. issues travel alert as 9/11 anniversary nears but downplays Al Qaeda

The United States on Friday issued a global travel warning to American citizens traveling around the world. Earlier in the week, diplomats in Washington defended issuing “talking points” to the embassies by the White House.

The State Department advisory statement emphasized the threat posed by al Qaeda saying, “As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Department of State informs U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad of the continued threat posed by al-Qa’ida and its affiliates.”

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