A terrorist operative picked up in Afghanistan a few weeks ago of German/Afghan heritage has told interrogators he knew of plans to attack European cities. The worry is that Al Qaeda assault teams may be planning an attack with assault rifles at places Americans may visit.
His story has checked out, and today Sweden and Japan have also issued travel alerts for its citizens traveling in and to Europe, especially France, Germany, and the U.K.
Interior Minister Theresa May said Britain is facing “a real and serious threat from terrorism”, with the country’s threat level being set at “severe”.
French Defense Minister Herve Morin was quoted by the daily Le Parisien as saying: “The terrorist threat exists, and could hit us at any moment.”
U.S. authorities have said that Americans should not draw attention to themselves such as sewing or wearing American flags on their clothing or belongings or heading to areas where Americans have been known to frequent such as tourist sites.
Tourism is threatened in Europe by this new warning from the U.S. state department, but Americans have been told to not let this stop them from enjoying travel to Europe.