U.S. May Issue Travel Alert to Americans in Europe, Officials Say

FoxNews.com
10/2/2010

The Obama administration is expected to issue an alert to U.S. citizens in Europe, urging them to be vigilant after new intelligence pointed to new Al Qaeda threats, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Fox News.

The State Department is expected to announce the travel alert as early as Sunday morning, the officials said.

The officials said the State Department was never considering issuing a travel warning, which advises Americans to stay away from the countries involved.

Still, the move could have negative implications for European tourism if travelers fear there’s a possibility of terror attacks.

A European official briefed on the talks told the Associated Press that the language in the U.S. alert is expected to be vague; it won’t address a specific country or specific landmarks…

…Intelligence officials believe Usama Bin Laden is behind the terror plots to attack several European cities. If this is true, this would be the most involved role that bin Laden has played in plotting attacks since Sept. 11, 2001.

The latest intelligence shows that Bin Laden was directly involved in trying to execute what an intelligence official emphasized was a multiple-city Mumbai-style attack.

“It’s clear and the plot is clear. The clarity of detail on the plans for these attacks is disturbing,” the official told Fox News.

There was “some degree of coordination between the multiple teams of attackers targeting at least three Western European cities, but not all know when to hit,” the official said, adding the goal was to kill many, many more than the 173 killed in Mumbai…

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