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Cablegate: Travel Alert: Germany

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC PTER ASEC OTRA GM
SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT: GERMANY

1. The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that Al
Qaeda has threatened it will conduct terrorist attacks in
Germany immediately prior to and following the federal
elections on September 27. This Travel Alert expires on
November 11, 2009.

2. Al Qaeda recently released a video specifically
warning Germany of attacks. German authorities are
taking the threat seriously and have taken measures to
enhance the level of security throughout the country.

3. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to
maintain good security practices at all times, and to
maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low
profile. Americans are advised to monitor local news
reports and consider the level of security present when
visiting public places or choosing hotels, restaurants,
and entertainment and recreation venues.

4. We encourage U.S. citizens to read the Department of
State's current Worldwide Caution. It provides
additional information on potential threats to U.S.
citizens overseas, along with advice on how to reduce
your vulnerability to such threats. Additional general
information on residing and traveling abroad, including
the latest Country Specific Information for Germany, may
be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

5. Contact information for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin
and U.S. Consulates in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf,
Munich, and Leipzig may be found on the U.S. Diplomatic
Mission to Germany's website. All U.S. citizens
traveling to or living in Germany are urged to register
with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's
travel registration website.

6. Travelers may also obtain up-to-date information on
security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free
in the United States or outside the United States and
Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

7. Minimize considered.
CLINTON

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