March 30, 2017 The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning on Wednesday to American citizens planning to visit Saudi Arabia.
The travel warning states that members of the Islamic State or ISIS and its affiliated groups have increasingly targeted Western government interests, religious sites and places frequented by American citizens in the region.
Saudi officials say there were 34 terrorist attacks in 2016, some of them deadly, including a bombing near the American Consulate in Jeddah. The terrorist attacks are spilling in from Yemen, according to the Saudi government. In October, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Yemen urging Americans to halt all travel to the country after U.S. citizens were detained in Sanaa by armed groups.
In September 2014, President Barack Obama declared war on the Islamic state or ISIS “wherever they exist.” The U.S. government continues to claim great progress has been made toward eliminating the terrorist group, but terrorism experts say the war on terror is bound to be a long one, in fact — it will never end.
In the months before the 2016 presidential election, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General, Mark Hertling called Donald Trump’s plans to defeat ISIS within his first 30 days in office “sophomoric,” and “simplistic” and insulting to individuals working to defeat ISIS.
International terrorism expert, Bruce Hoffman argues that even if the fortunes of ISIS continue to decline, some members of the group will likely realign with al-Qaeda, as a last resort to continue their struggle.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."