Is Saudi Arabia Safe For Tourists? US Issues Travel Warning

International Business Times 

The U.S. State Department warned Americans Wednesday to think twice about traveling to Saudi Arabia due to the risk of terrorism. The State Department noted fighting in Yemen has spilled over into Saudi Arabia. "Terrorist groups, including ISIS [the Islamic State group] and its affiliates, have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and significant religious sites [both Sunni and Shiite], and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Westerners," the warning said. Saudi Arabia acknowledged 34 terrorist attacks last year, some of them deadly, including a bombing near the American Consulate in Jeddah, while announcing it had thwarted a dozen more. Earlier this year nearly 18 people with suspected terrorist links were arrested, as well as 16 others in a raid where two suspects exploded their suicide vests prematurely.