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US Issues Travel Advisory For European Festivalgoers This Holiday Season

Warning specifies to "exercise caution at holiday festivals"

The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory on Monday, warning Americans traveling to Europe of a "heightened risk of terror attacks" during the holiday season and citing "credible information" that indicates ISIL and other terrorist groups are planning attacks during the holiday season, after French authorities stopped a terror plot over the weekend.

“U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets,” the State Department said in a statement. “U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc.”

An EU security official speaking to Newsweek anonymously referenced last year's Paris attacks in assessing the situation. “Will we have another Bataclan? I would not be surprised; probably not on that scale, but at least a plot [of that size].”

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Though we don't want to be alarmist, given the accelerating rate of terror attacks in Europe and globally, we would encourage all travelers to exercise caution, and wish everyone a safe holiday season.

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