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For Americans headed to the Olympics next month a new warning from the State Department: be on the lookout for terrorism.

In a travel alert issued Friday, the State Department urges Americans to be vigilant, especially on public transportation. The warning says there's no sign that Americans are being targeted, but it follows several indiscriminate attacks near Sochi.

In October a suicide bomber detonates aboard a bus in nearby Volgograd 7 are killed two weeks ago two more bombings in the same city, hitting a train station and another bus killing dozens more. And this past week, police found booby trapped cars, their drivers mysteriously murdered, in nearby Stavropol. Prompting a massive anti-terror sweep. All this after Russia's most wanted terrorist, Doku Umarov, urged his followers last summer to attack the games.

Rep. Michael McCaul says,"Typically Olympic games are not held close to regions that harbor terrorists and that's a real threat right now."

Olympic officials say they're confidence Russia will be able to pull off a safe Olympics. President Putin has ordered a massive security plan known as the "ring of steel" tens of thousands of troops, anti-aircraft missiles, and a massive surveillance program. The US says it's ready to help.

The State Department says,"We welcome any efforts and willingness and openness to cooperate around the Olympics."

So far, the Russians haven't requested any help but the FBI is sending agents to the games just in case. Some from Team America aren't taking any chances. The US Ski team has hired a private firm to evacuate them in case of an emergency.

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