BIN LADEN: The Fallout
In the Wake of the Raid
Now that al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is dead and buried (somewhere at sea) what happens next?
Analysts and government officials are warning that the U.S. and its allies may face retaliatory attack but individual countries are reacting differently to the potential danger.
Right after the news about the U.S. raid on Bin Laden’s secret compound in Pakistan, security alerts went up at U.S. embassies and military installations domestically and around the word. But prices of commodities like petroleum and silver came down — at least for a while.
Britain and India have also stepped up security at government buildings at home and at their diplomatic missions around the world. The Philippines and Indonesia – which have active al Qaeda-affiliated cells – tightened security at embassies and airports. African nations like Kenya and Nigeria have also stepped up security.
But Australian officials said they did not see a need to raise the nation’s terrorism threat alert above medium – two levels below the highest warning.
The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans. But the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that lacking any specific threat information, the new National Terrorism Advisory System was not raising a new terrorist threat alert.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said “we will only issue alerts when we have specific or credible information to convey to the American public.”