U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
information is current as of today,
the Worldwide Caution dated January 9, 2004 . It is being issued
to remind U.S. citizens of the continuing threat of terrorist
attacks. This Worldwide Caution expires on September 19, 2004
Government remains deeply concerned about the security of U.S.
citizens overseas. U.S. citizens are cautioned to maintain a
high level of vigilance, to remain alert and to take appropriate
steps to increase their security awareness. We are seeing indications
that Al-Qaida continues to prepare to strike U.S. interests abroad.
and its associated organizations have most recently struck in
the Middle East and in Europe but other geographic locations
could also be venues for attacks. Future Al-Qaida attacks could
possibly involve non-conventional weapons such as chemical or
biological agents as well as conventional weapons of terror.
We also cannot rule out that Al-Qaida will attempt a catastrophic
attack within the U.S.
actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations,
hijackings, bombings or kidnappings. These may involve aviation
and other transportation and maritime interests, and may also
include conventional weapons, such as explosive devices. Terrorists
do not distinguish between official and civilian targets. These
may include facilities where U.S. citizens and other foreigners
congregate or visit, including residential areas, clubs, restaurants,
places of worship, schools, hotels and public areas. U.S. citizens
are encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take
appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These
facilities may temporarily close or suspend public services from
time to time to assess their security posture. In those instances,
U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide
emergency services to U.S. citizens. Americans abroad are urged
to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest
U.S. embassy or consulate .
Department continues to develop information on any potential
security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible
threat information through its consular
information program documents, available on the Internet
at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security
conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or
outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2
to Consular Information Sheets and Travel Warnings Page