Following the death of al Qaeda leader Washington, The State Department urges citizens to exercise caution.
According to the State Department, Americans living abroad may face greater violence after a US-led drone strike in Afghanistan claimed that Ayman al Zawhiri, al Qaeda leader, was killed.
According to the State Department, in a Worldwide Caution Communique, “current information suggests that terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions across the globe,”These attacks can also be done via assassinations or kidnappings.
Americans traveling abroad were advised to visit the State Department website to view travel warnings, keep an eye on local news for the latest events and to contact US consulates or embassies in their destination countries.
Americans are also being warned that US facilities may be used abroad. “temporarily close or periodically suspend public services”While threats and security issues were being assessed and addressed.
“As terrorist attacks often occur without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad,”The alert has been closed.
This warning came after the CIA launched a drone attack in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al Zawahiri, an al Qaeda leader. The 71-year-old Egyptian national was in the top 22 of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists since October 2001 and he is believed to be one of the masterminds behind the 9/11 attacks in the US.
Jake Sullivan, White House national security advisor, has stated that Zawahiri’s killing has made America safer. But, the State Department warns that Zawahiri will be triggering a chain reaction. “a higher potential for anti-American violence”As al Qaeda or other terrorist groups may have to react to assassination.