US Repeats Warning: Bin Laden Killing May Increase Terror Threat to Americans

Jul 26, 2011 3:00pm

ABC News' Kirit Radia (@KiritRadia_ABC) reports:

The State Department today reiterated its warning that the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could increase the terror threat to Americans around the world.

“The Department of State believes there is an enhanced potential for anti-American violence given the death of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011,” it said an update to its biannual Worldwide Caution.

It repeats a travel alert that was issued shortly after bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a raid inside Pakistan.

“The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan,” that May 1 alert said, just hours after bin Laden was killed. That alert was expiring next week and so its language has been folded into the updated Worldwide Caution.

The warning goes on to describe ongoing attempts by al Qaeda and its affiliates to attack American interests at home and abroad, including suicide attacks, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.

The new notice also warns Americans about travel to certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, where uprisings in recent months have the potential to turn violent. 

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