Office of the Spokesman


Terrorist Threat

December 11, 1999

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 2000). The information indicates that attacks could be planned for locations throughout the world where large gatherings and celebrations will be taking place.

American citizens traveling or residing abroad during the period are urged to review their security practices, to remain alert to the changing situation and to exercise caution. American citizens should avoid large crowds and gatherings, keep a low profile, and vary routes and times of all required travel.

American citizens traveling or residing abroad should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate by telephone or fax for up-to-date information on security conditions. In addition, U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings, Public Announcements, and regional travel brochures.

This Public Announcement supplements the November 5, 1999 Worldwide Caution, the October 5, 1999 Worldwide Caution-Khobar Towers, and the November 12, 1999 Worldwide Caution - Taliban Sanctions Public Announcements. This Public Announcement expires on March 9, 2000.

Department of State travel information and publications are available at Internet address: U.S. travelers may hear recorded information by calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at 202-647-5225 from their touchtone telephone, or receive information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from their fax machine.