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State Department officials are warning those traveling to the Northern Africa and the Middle East.
State Department officials are warning those traveling to the Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Officials at the State Department are warning people with overseas travel plans about a potential terrorist threat, particularly those traveling in the Middle East and northern Africa. This comes after the administration announced it's closing a handful of embassies across the globe this Sunday.

Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger is the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. He says travelers in the region need to heed the warning from the State Department.

"Be in touch with your embassy, so they know you're in the country if you're there," says Ruppersberger. "There are certain areas that we're concerned about — Northern Africa and the Middle East. And those are the areas that we're concerned about at this point. But again, we don't have enough detail. If we did, we probably wouldn't be talking about it because we'd be trying to stop it."

He adds that intelligence is not an exact science. The travel warning is in place until August 31.


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