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According to an NBC News report, WASHINGTON -- A worldwide alert has been issued for all U.S. citizens traveling abroad due to an unspecified al Qaeda threat, State Department officials warned Friday.

The terror group and their affiliated organizations "may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," a statement said.

"U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling," it added. " The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula."

The travel alert expires on August 31.

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