U.S. warns of possible attacks committed by al-Qaida
U.S. warns of possible attacks committed by al-Qaida.
The United States warned Tuesday the world on any attacks committed by al-Qaeda, urging countries to maintain "a high level of vigilance."
U.S. State Department "expects a resumption of violence against Americans after the death of (Osama) bin Laden in 2011," the administration said in a statement.
"Surveys suggest that the current al-Qaida and allied organizations continue to prepare attacks against American targets in several regions", especially in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
"These attacks could take many forms, from the bomb suicide attack, passing the killings or kidnappings," State Department warns.
Potential targets can be of any kind, "publicized sporting events, residential areas, offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants," and places of worship and schools.
Administration warns that "credible information" refers to threats against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Libya. U.S. authorities advise to avoid traveling in the Horn of Africa or southern Red Sea due to a resurgence of piracy.
In early July, during a visit to Afghanistan, the new U.S. Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, said that "strategic defeat" of al-Qaeda is near.
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