(TRUNEWS) The U.S. State Department has warned Americans against traveling to Europe – due to the threat of ISIS.
Experts believe the jihadists are planning attacks on major tourist sites, public places, and transportation hubs, similar to the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels. France remains under a state of emergency since the Paris massacres that left more than 130 people dead last November.
The Euro 2016 tournament and the Tour de France were specifically cited as potentially susceptible events.
“The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events, ” the department said in a statement, according to The Express.
Then there is the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in July, where more than 2.5 million Christians are expected to attend. It will be held in Poland.
The warning goes through August 31.
The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington D.C. think tank has predicted ISIS will likely attack the West in June and early July, during Ramadan, according to the Washington Examiner.
“The risk of ‘lone wolf attacks’ across the West will rise during Ramadan as indicated in a recent speech by the group’s spokesperson urging followers to target the crusaders in the West,” the report said.
The group also predicts the terror group will soon announce new affiliates in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia. Recently, TRUNEWS reported on ISIS taking over parts of Libya.