Fearing Reprisals, US Warns: Be Vigilant

Top al-Qaeda ideologue promises revenge
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2011 10:17 AM CDT
Updated May 2, 2011 11:07 AM CDT
After Osama bin Laden's Death, Americans Warned of Possible Reprisals by al-Qaeda
A security guard talks with a car driver outside the US Embassy in Athens, Monday, May 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

(Newser) – News of Osama bin Laden's death was met with dancing in the streets, but officials are warning Americans that his death could bring reprisals. The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert yesterday and today put US embassies on alert, warning of an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan," the AP reports. The warning continues, "Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, US citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations."

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Major cities including Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles are increasing security in light of the possibility of retaliation. DC's mayor advised residents to "be vigilant" today, but said there is no evidence yet that they should "change the patterns of their life," Politico reports. In New York, where security at the World Trade Center site has been heightened, Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a reminder: "The threat to our state and our nation unfortunately does not die with Osama bin Laden." Meanwhile, an al-Qaeda ideologue who is often interviewed by militant websites posted a eulogy for bin Laden today and promised to "avenge the killing of the Sheik of Islam," the AP adds. The commentator, whose online name is Assad al-Jihad2, warned that the jihad is not over. (Read more Osama bin Laden stories.)

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