Travel to Brussels restricted for US military personnel after Paris attacks
The U.S. European Command has issued a 72-hour travel restriction on travel to Brussels by all U.S. military personnel as well as civilian Pentagon employees, contractors and command-sponsored family members and dependents.
The command said in a notice posted on its website Saturday that "for those already in Brussels, everyone is to shelter in place and remain at home."
The U.S. Embassy issued a similar warning for all Americans in Belgium, after Belgian officials raised the threat alert for Brussels to its highest level. Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision to raise the alert was based on "precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris."
Brussels is home to the overall headquarters of the U.S.-led NATO alliance. NATO’s military headquarters, officially known as Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), is located about 70 kilometers (45 miles) to the south, at Casteau near Mons.
The U.S. European Command issued similar travel restrictions for France shortly after last week’s attacks in Paris.