TERROR THREATS

U.S. Issues Travel Alert for Europe

The United States on Thursday issued a travel alert for Americans heading to Europe, just a day before a similar alert issued in May was set to expire. Citing recent attacks in France, the United Kingdom, Spain and other countries, the State Department said ISIS and its affiliates “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.” The State Department added that it “remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks.” Earlier this month, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack in Barcelona that killed 14 people. The U.S. is urging Americans to heed the advice of local officials and “be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.”