Intelligence Prompts U.S. Warning About Potential al Qaeda Terrorist Attacks
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Aired 8/6/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Scott Peters, U.S. Congressman (D-CA), 52nd District
Ric Epps, Professor, Political Science, San Diego State University
International travelers have reason to be cautious right now. A worldwide travel advisory was issued last week by the U.S. State Department warning Americans of the potential for terrorist attacks. The U.S. says the threat is mainly for regions in the Middle East and North Africa and possibly occurring or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.
Officials shut down 22 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa over the weekend as a precaution and 19 remain closed this week.
San Diego Congressman Scott Peters is in the Middle East traveling with 37 members of Congress on a delegation to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
We take a look at safety concerns in the region as we near the anniversary of the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa.