WASHINGTON -- The State Department gave travelers another reason to
stay home during the millennium celebrations by issuing its fifth
worldwide travel caution since Oct. 5 about the potential for
"The U.S. government has credible information that terrorists
are planning attacks specifically targeting American citizens
during the period of time leading up to and through the beginning
of the New Year and Ramadan events and celebrations [from now
through early January]," the department said.
"The information indicates that attacks could be planned for
locations throughout the world where large gatherings and
celebrations will be taking place," it said.
U.S. travelers were advised to "review their security
practices," remain alert, exercise caution, avoid large crowds,
keep a low profile, vary travel routes and contact the nearest U.S.
embassy or consulate for up-to-date security information.
The department said its announcement "supplements" three similar
worldwide cautions issued on Nov. 12 (because the U.N. was imposing
sanctions on the Taliban of Afghanistan), Nov. 5 (due to
unspecified "reports that prompt concern" about safety of U.S.
citizens abroad) and Oct. 5 (because a suspect was facing charges
of involvement in the 1996 attack on U.S. forces at Khobar, Saudi
Another worldwide caution was published Oct. 21, warning of
possible terrorist activity in the Persian Gulf region.