The State Department issued a worldwide alert to American citizens today with a warning that al-Qaeda and its affiliates continue to plan attacks. Meanwhile, Washington continues to assure us that the “global war on terror” is over.Al-Qaeda is on a “path to defeat,” President Obama announced in May, but today’s warning suggests that that is far from true. Here’s the text of the alert:
Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the [Middle East] region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August….Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services.
American embassies in the Middle East, including in Egypt and Israel, will close due to an unspecified threat, CNN reported yesterday. “It’s my understanding that it is al Qaeda linked, alright, and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia,” said Rep. Ed Royce. The war on terror doesn’t appear to want to end on the Obama administration’s schedule.