Terror threat prompts new Mideast warnings

Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt — The U.S. State Department is reminding Americans in the Middle East to be cautious amid regional unrest and fears that anti-American sentiment could lead to further attacks against U.S. interests in the region.

U.S. forces in Saudia Arabia and Kuwait were also placed on the highest state of alert.

Placing the troops on "threat condition delta" does not interfere with their normal operations but further restricts movements off military bases and requires more onerous security checks of people entering bases.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo warned American citizens this week to be cautious. It said "the possibility exists that extremist groups may be planning terrorist acts in Egypt and other areas of the region."

Americans have not been advised to forgo travel to Egypt. An Oct. 24 travel warning for Israel and the Palestinian territories advises U.S. citizens to avoid or defer travel there.

The State Department also advised Americans to defer travel to Jakarta and other areas of Java, the most populous island in Indonesia.

On Sunday, the department said, a number of groups identifying themselves as Islamic organizations visited hotels in the Solo area to demand names of American guests and to deliver an ultimatum that U.S. citizens leave Indonesia within 48 hours.

In Indonesia, as in many parts of the world, the U.S. is considered an ally of Israel.

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