Alert: Every American Traveling For Thanksgiving Needs To See What The State Dept. Just Announced

Just as Americans are gearing up for their Thanksgiving travel plans, the U.S. Department of State has issued an alert that every American should heed.

As Fox News reports, the State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert this week after information that a list of terror groups are warning of attacks to come.

Terror groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram have all issued major threats that are likely to employ a “wide variety of tactics,” and have increased their activities to show that these aren’t just idol threats.

The alert, posted to the State Department website on Monday, has been issued on the heels of attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, and Turkey–not to mention the downing of a Russian airliner in Egypt, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.

After the attacks in Paris earlier this month, it is clear that ISIS and other such groups are extremely capable of exporting their terrorism to other countries far outside their Middle Eastern strongholds.

With its alert, the State Department said Americans should “exercise vigilance.”

“US citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” the alert said. “Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.”

The alert is in place until February 24, according to the government.

Still, despite the heightened state of alert, the State Department noted that it didn’t want people to cancel travel plans. “We want folks to still travel, but just to exercise greater vigilance,” a State Department official told Fox News.

State also noted that they have no specific threat inside the U.S. and are issuing the alert as a general one, not one directed at any particular area inside the U.S.

The U.S. alert comes amid similar alerts by other western nations such as Belgium, which has been on high alert since late last week.

Breaking: Immediately After Turkey Downed The Russian Jet, Something ‘Extraordinary’ Is Happening

After the downing of a Russian jet by the Turkish military, things have been developing quickly; and now NATO is planning what is being called an “extraordinary meeting” to address this touchy international situation.

The emergency meeting is set for 5 pm Brussels time to discuss a response to the shooting down of the Russian plane near the Syrian border, and was called at Turkey’s request.

“At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at (1600 GMT). The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for Turkey to inform Allies about the downing of a Russian airplane,” a NATO official told AFP.

Russia appears to still be in the midst of deciding its next move. But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova did tell the media today that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has already cancelled an upcoming trip to Turkey as a result of the downed plane.

Larov has also noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself has told his ministers that this is a turning point in relations with Turkey and that it “cannot but affect Russian-Turkish relations. In this regard, it decided to cancel the meeting, which was planned for tomorrow.”

The Syrians have called the downing of the jet a “new crime.” But the Turks insist that the Russian pilots transgressed Turkish airspace, and there is some evidence that the Turks are right.

“This isn’t an action against any specific country. Our F-16s took the necessary steps to defend Turkey’s sovereign territory,” a Turkish official said in an email sent to the media.

There is still the question of whether it was a surface-to-air missile that downed the warplane or if it was a Turkish F-16 that did the deed.

Both pilots of the Russian jet were seen ejecting from their plane, but Syrian rebels have already reported that at least one of those pilots is dead. There is still no information on the whereabouts of the second pilot, but there were also reports that the Syrian rebels were firing with small arms at the pilots as they descended in their parachutes.

The downing of the Russian jet is worrisome to many as it sets up the first direct confrontation between a NATO-allied country and non-NATO Russia.

The situation is fluid and still developing.

Look At The Chilling Warning Turkey Sent Russia Just 4 Days Before Shooting Down The Jet

Late last week, Turkey warned Russia it would face “serious consequences” if it did not cease bombing Turkmen villages near the country’s Syrian border.

The BBC reported that “the Russian ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry to hear the protest.”

This warning came on top of one last month by NATO’s governing body, the North Atlantic Council, notifying Moscow that it was courting “extreme danger” by sending planes into Turkish air space, according to Fox News. Turkey is a NATO member nation.

Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported that Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power launched a ground offensive on the mainly Turkmen villages in Bayir Bucak, in northwest Syria.

“[A] U.S. defense official [confirmed] that radar tracks validate Turkey’s claims that the aircraft entered its airspace and refused to leave, despite repeated warnings. The official added that two Turkish F-16s fired heat-seeking air-to-air missiles at the Russian aircraft,” according to Fox News.

“This will get complicated,” the official said

NATO has called an emergency meeting in Belgium to address the crisis.

The aim of this extraordinary North Atlantic Council meeting is for Turkey to inform allies about the downing of a Russian airplane,” NATO deputy spokesperson Carmen Romero told the Associated Press.

As reported by Western Journalism, the act was denounced by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices.”

Putin warned of “significant consequences” for relations with Turkey. He complained that Turkey first disclosed the incident to its NATO allies and not Russia.

Russia-Turkey relations will drop below zero,” said Ivan Konovalov, director of the Center for the Study of Strategic Trends.

Russia, under Putin’s leadership, has taken an increasingly aggressive stand towards the West, including the invasion and annexation of Crimea, as well as military flights near the borders of the United States and other NATO allies.

H.S. Cheer Captain Says 1 Sentence About Immigration, Instantly Gets Kicked Off Team

A high school cheerleading captain lost her spot on the squad after she sent out a tweet about immigration.

Caley Godino, a student at Revere High School in Massachusetts, was required to watch the presidential debates as part of her homework for a civics class. Her teacher tweeted about the low voter turnout in the community’s mayoral election earlier this month.

The teenager replied to the tweet, “When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal.” Caley told Fox25 that her tweet was not meant as a racial comment, and that she was merely following the lead of Donald Trump, whose views resonate with her.

According to, the 2010 census found Revere has a 27 percent immigrant population (double the 1990 figure), with the largest numbers coming from Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Other students complained about Caley’s tweet, and the school stepped in, kicking her off the cheerleading squad for the rest of the season.

Revere Superintendent Dianne Kelly says the school believes in freedom of speech, but insensitive language is unacceptable. “If you’re going to stand up and say something that other people will find offensive- than you need to be prepared to deal with the ramifications of that,” Kelly said.

Caley’s mother told Fox25 that she does not believe her daughter’s punishment was appropriate.

Kelly responded that Caley was disciplined for more than just the tweet, but due to student privacy law, she could not reveal additional information. “I would just say that, not everything you read is a full story of what’s happening,” she said.

The school is reportedly bringing together a group of teachers and students to create a curriculum about diversity and acceptance.

Do you think Caley’s punishment fit the “crime”? Please share your thoughts below. 

Shocking New Vid Of Downed Russian Fighter Pilot And 2 Words Chanted Over His Body

The death of a Russian fighter pilot on Tuesday was cause for celebration among Syrian rebels who gleefully surrounded his body and posed for a video amid conflicting reports of who is responsible for the pilot’s death.

The video shows about a dozen men surrounding the body of a man in military fatigues, presumed to be the pilot of the Russian jet shot down Tuesday by Turkish forces near the Turkish border with Syria.

“Allahu Akbar (God is great),” shout several men in the video.

“This is a Russian pilot and killer of men, women and children who was killed today after his plane was shot down in Syria,” one Syrian rebel says on the video. Russia has been siding with the Syrian government and attacking rebels in the hills where the plane crashed.

The circumstances of the pilot’s death were unclear Tuesday. A video was released that showed two figures parachuting to the ground from the Russian fighter jet, after the jet was hit by Turkish fire. The Daily Mail reported that local rebels said the pilot was already dead when he reached the ground.

The New York Times, however, reported that one Russian pilot was shot as he parachuted to the ground, and the other was captured by a local militia called the 10th Brigade.

“One of the Russian pilots was shot as he was trying to land,” said Shadi al-Ouwayni, an activist in the region of the crash. “The other was injured and captured.”

Fox News quoted Jahed Ahmad of the 10th Brigade in the Coast, a rebel group, as claiming credit for killing the pilot, who was trying to parachute onto government-held land but was captured by the rebels instead.

“This is the body of a Russian member of the military who was killing Syrian people,” he said. “We have the body and we will see what to do with it.”

Ahmad said his group might exchange the pilot’s body for prisoners held by Syria. He made no mention of the second pilot.

Meanwhile, other media reported that a Russian helicopter sent to recover the pilots may have been downed by Syrian rebels.

h/t: The Daily Mail