After the death of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman a-Zawahiri, the US State Department warned Americans abroad to exercise extreme caution.
The warning came on Tuesday night and Americans should be wary of possible reprisals for the killings.
Travel advisory says there is “an increased likelihood of US violence following [Al-Zawahiri ]’s death” after US forces launched a drone strike on al-Zawahiri’s hideout in Kabul this weekend.
What did the State Department say?
A State Department statement contains recent information showing terrorist groups are planning attacks on US interests in multiple parts of the world.
The department said various tactics could be used in the attack, including suicidal operations, murders, kidnappings, kidnappings, attacks.
“As terrorist attacks, political violence (including demonstrations), criminal activities, and other security incidents often take place without any warnings, US citizens are strongly encouoraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad.”
The department also advised US citizens overseas to follow local news and stay in touch with the nearest US embassy or consulate.
In addition, they advised people who want to travel abroad to consult country-specific travel tips and information sites.
This warning does not indicate an increased risk of an attack on the continental United States, but it does indicate anything is possible.
“The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against US citizens and interests overseas,”
“The Department of State believes there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022.”
“Current information suggests that terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions across the globe.”
“These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.”
“US citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad.”
Cause of the warning
This warning was made 24 hours after Biden announced the murder of Zawahiri in the world, the important news of the victims of terrorist attacks in the event of 11 September is an important role in coordination. I did it.
Osama Bin Laden was succeeded after his murder in 2011, and managed to evade the US until last week.
Al-Qaeda has not yet publicly acknowledged the killing, showing how dangerous it is to the group’s power structure.
Statement by President Biden
On Monday, Biden broke the news of al-Zawahiri’s death, noting that the al-Qaeda leader befriended bin Laden as a militant in Afghanistan in the late 1980s. “Now justice has been done”, said the president, “the leader of this terrorist is gone.”
“Now, justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more,” said the President.
“We made it clear again tonight that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out.”
“He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats, and American interests,” Biden continued.
“To those around the world who continue to seek to harm the United States, hear me now. We will always remain vigilant, and we will act, and we will always do what is necessary to ensure the safety and security of Americans at home and around the globe.”