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U.S. warns of possible attack on Qatar hotels

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States warned Americans in the Gulf state of Qatar Friday to avoid major hotels in Doha over the next week due to the possibility of a terrorist attack.

"The embassy advises Americans to continue to avoid major hotels in Doha during the upcoming week. The embassy is not at this time recommending that Americans defer travel to Doha," the U.S. Embassy in Qatar said in a message to Americans.

It said Qatari security services were aware of the threat and taking measures in response.

The embassy had issued a similar message a day earlier about the possibility of an attack.

"That message was based on information about a possible attack during a relatively specific time frame against a hotel or hotels used by Americans in Doha," Friday's message said. "Given the specificity of the threat, the embassy felt it prudent to alert the American community and others."

Qatar is the Gulf state where the United States has based its operations for Iraq and Afghanistan.

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