Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The occasions have marked America's varying
security concerns from Osama bin Laden to lone-wolf attackers
The U.S.
State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on
Monday, warning citizens about persistent threats from the Islamic State of
Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist groups.
While the department
announces country-specific alerts about once or twice a month, it rarely
issues global notices.
The last four occasions mark changes in the U.S.'s
security concerns — from Osama bin Laden to lone-wolf attackers.
Dec.
19, 2014: Man Haron Monis stormed a Sydney café and held 17 people
hostage for 16 hours.
Two people and the Iranian-born attacker died in the
siege, sparking concerns that lone-wolf attacks could happen anywhere.
Aug.
2, 2013: Intercepted electronic communications prompted Washington
to temporarily close diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North
Africa.
The threats were said to originate from al-Qaeda in the Arab
Peninsula, but were broad enough to warrant a global alert.
October 1, 2011: The State Department feared worldwide anti-American
violence in retaliation for the killing of senior al-Qaeda members, including
the group's operations leader in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki.
The American-born
cleric was killed by a U.S.
drone strike.
May 2, 2011: After Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan, the U.S.
alerted
its citizens about the potential for revenge attacks the world over.
The State
Department cited the "uncertainty and volatility of the current situation" in
its warning.
This story originally appeared on Time.
The U.S.
State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on
Monday, warning citizens about persistent threats from the Islamic State of
Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist groups.

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