US Em­bassy: Se­cu­rity Mes­sage for US Cit­i­zens

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KUWAIT: The United States em­bassy in Kuwait sent the fol­low­ing mes­sage to US cit­i­zens in Kuwait:

The fol­low­ing World­wide Travel Alert was dis­trib­uted by the State De­part­ment on 23 Novem­ber, 2015. The US Em­bassy in Kuwait is for­ward­ing the mes­sage to en­sure all STEP reg­is­trants in Kuwait are aware of its con­tents. This mes­sage is sep­a­rate and dis­tinct from the World­wide Cau­tion is­sued 29 July, 2015.

The State De­part­ment alerts US cit­i­zens to pos­si­ble risks of travel due to in­creased ter­ror­ist threats. Cur­rent in­for­ma­tion sug­gests that IS (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other ter­ror­ist groups con­tinue to plan ter­ror­ist at­tacks in mul­ti­ple re­gions. These at­tacks may em­ploy a wide va­ri­ety of tac­tics, us­ing con­ven­tional and non-con­ven­tional weapons and tar­get­ing both of­fi­cial and pri­vate in­ter­ests. This Travel Alert ex­pires on Fe­bru­ary 24, 2016.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the like­li­hood of ter­ror at­tacks will con­tinue as mem­bers of IS/Da’esh re­turn from Syria and Iraq. Ad­di­tion­ally, there is a con­tin­u­ing threat from un­af­fil­i­ated per­sons plan­ning at­tacks in­spired by ma­jor ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions but con­ducted on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis. Ex­trem­ists have tar­geted large sport­ing events, theatres, open mar­kets, and aviation ser­vices. In the past year, there have been mul­ti­ple at­tacks in France, Nige­ria, Den­mark, Turkey, and Mali. IS/Da’esh has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing of a Rus­sian air­liner in Egypt.

US cit­i­zens should ex­er­cise vig­i­lance when in pub­lic places or us­ing trans­porta­tion. Be aware of im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Ex­er­cise par­tic­u­lar cau­tion dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son and at hol­i­day fes­ti­vals or events. US cit­i­zens should mon­i­tor me­dia and lo­cal in­for­ma­tion sources and fac­tor up­dated in­for­ma­tion into per­sonal travel plans and ac­tiv­i­ties. Per­sons with spe­cific safety con­cerns should con­tact lo­cal law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties who are re­spon­si­ble for the safety and se­cu­rity of all vis­i­tors to their host coun­try. US cit­i­zens should: * Fol­low the in­struc­tions of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. Mon­i­tor me­dia and lo­cal in­for­ma­tion sources and fac­tor up­dated in­for­ma­tion into per­sonal travel plans and ac­tiv­i­ties. * Be pre­pared for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity screen­ing and un­ex­pected dis­rup­tions. * Stay in touch with your fam­ily mem­bers and en­sure they know how to reach you in the event of an emer­gency. * Reg­is­ter in our Smart Traveler En­roll­ment Pro­gram (STEP).

For­eign gov­ern­ments have taken ac­tion to guard against ter­ror­ist at­tacks, and some have made of­fi­cial dec­la­ra­tions re­gard­ing height­ened threat con­di­tions. Au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to con­duct raids and dis­rupt ter­ror plots. We con­tinue to work closely with our al­lies on the threat from in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism. In­for­ma­tion is rou­tinely shared be­tween the United States and our key part­ners in or­der to dis­rupt ter­ror­ist plot­ting, iden­tify and take ac­tion against po­ten­tial op­er­a­tives, and strengthen our de­fenses against po­ten­tial threats. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: See the State De­part­ment’s travel web­site for the World­wide Cau­tion, Travel Warn­ings, Travel Alerts, and Kuwait Coun­try Spe­cific In­for­ma­tion.

We strongly rec­om­mend that US cit­i­zens trav­el­ing to or re­sid­ing in Kuwait en­roll in the De­part­ment of State’s Smart Traveler En­roll­ment Pro­gram (STEP). STEP en­roll­ment gives you the lat­est se­cu­rity up­dates, and makes it eas­ier for the near­est US em­bassy or con­sulate to con­tact you in an emer­gency. If you don’t have In­ter­net ac­cess, en­roll di­rectly with the near­est US em­bassy or con­sulate.

Reg­u­larly mon­i­tor the State De­part­ment’s travel web­site for the World­wide Cau­tion, Travel Warn­ings, Travel Alerts, and Kuwait Coun­try Spe­cific In­for­ma­tion. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to the “Traveler’s Check­list” on the State De­part­ment’s web­site.

Con­tact the US em­bassy or con­sulate for up-to-date in­for­ma­tion on travel re­stric­tions. You can also call 1-888407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1202-501-4444 from other coun­tries. These num­bers are avail­able from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm East­ern Time, Monday through Fri­day (ex­cept US fed­eral hol­i­days). Fol­low us on Twit­ter and Face­book. to have travel in­for­ma­tion at your fin­ger­tips.

The US Em­bassy in Kuwait is lo­cated at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Block 6, Plot 14, Bayan, Kuwait, at +965-22591001. Af­ter-hours emer­gency num­ber for US cit­i­zens is +965-2259-1001.

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