US issues global travel warning

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The alert comes hours after French police killed three hostage-takers in a pair of incidents (KTRK)

The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada.

The alert comes hours after French police killed three hostage-takers in a pair of incidents. Two of the men are believed responsible for Wednesday's attack on a satirical magazine in Paris. Twelve people were killed in that assault, France's deadliest terror incident in decades.

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The State Department's warning says attacks against Americans are becoming increasingly prevalent. It also cites an increased risk of reprisals against U.S. and Western targets for the U.S.-led intervention against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

The warning also cited last month's hostage standoff at a Sydney cafe and the October killing of a soldier near Canada's parliament.

However, travelers at Bush Intercontinental Airport didn't seem as worried.

"I think I just avoid certain parts of the world where conflicts are going on at the time, but general travel from the US to Europe for instance, no I don't worry," said Gene Attwood, who was traveling from
Houston to Finland.

"If you look at the probability of that actually happening to you the chances are pretty negligible I think, I feel," said Maria Otto, another traveler at IAH.

The Associated Press contributed to this report
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