New York and Washington are on high alert this weekend as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.
Security services have warned of a specific and credible threat as al-Qaeda look to cause another ‘spectacular’ on the anniversary of 9/11.
The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that there was “a specific, credible but unconfirmed report that al-Qaeda, again, is seeking to harm Americans and in particular, to target New York and Washington.”
It is believed that they are hunting for 3 suspects, possibly including 2 US nationals, who travelled into the country last month. They say that New York or Washington DC are potential targets.
Although Osama Bin Laden was killed earlier this year the al-Qaeda organisation has always operated more as a franchise operation than an organisation with one chain of command.
Events in Afghanistan and Iraq have driven more disaffected people to their cause and their terrorist cells are capable of acting independently.
Security had been increased anyway as the 9/11 anniversary approached but President Obama has asked security chiefs to increase their efforts.
In New York the police presence has obviously and conspicuously been beefed up. Transport hubs such as airports and train stations have seen an increase in security personnel.
There is more tension in the air than usual this weekend. However, New Yorkers are just getting on with things. Checkpoints are a nuisance but they understand the necessity in keeping them safe.
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