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Jax travelers heed warning after worldwide travel alert issued

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Updated: 8/05/2013 6:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Americans are being told to travel with caution. This comes after almost 19 embassies and consulates were shut down, and surveillance agencies intercepted messages from senior Al Qaeda operatives, that led them to believe Al Qaeda may be in the final stages of planning an unspecified attack.

Vigilance is paramount after a worldwide travel alert was issued. It's been almost one year since a deadly attack on a U.S. Consulate in Bengahzi, Libya killed four Americans including a U.S. ambassador.

"A year has passed, and no one's paid a price. After Benghazi, these Al Qaeda types are really on steroids thinking we're weaker and they're stronger," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina.

On Monday morning, police at the Jacksonville International Airport brought out the bomb-sniffing dogs, to inspect an unmanned vehicle.  This later turned out to be a false alarm.

Action News caught up with one traveler, heading to Bahrain for business, who says he is well aware of the dangers.

"I didn't hear anything specific about a threat in Bahrain so I'm going to go ahead and go," said Levi Marion.

Levi Marion lives in Orange Park but works as an engineer on a Navy ship, and travels back and forth every six months. He tells us tensions have been high near his base, and has been put in some scary situations before.

"They have a lot of protests about, not specifically us but internal conflicts, but it always translates to us because they burn tires on the roads and just have a lot of protests over there. So I'm more worried when I get there than I am getting there," said Marion.

His wife, Irish Marion, said she was concerned but is staying positive.

"It's kinda like the divine order, he's there to protect us so I kinda trust that him and The Lord will, so I'm not afraid," she said.

The State Department says posts in 19 cities overseas will remain closed at least until the end of this week.
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