Osama bin Laden anniversary: White House assessing threats
The White House continues to evaluate any possible threats ahead of next week’s one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
While the White House says that there are no “credible” threats against the United States, the administration continues to monitor the possibility around the world—particularly in terror hotbeds, such as Yemen.
There has been a recent escalation of conflict in the country, particularly between government troops and al Qaeda—of which bin Laden was its notorious leader. The escalation comes as FBI Director Robert Mueller visited the country this week.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the U.S. is focused on the “transition progresses” in Yemen and continues to deliver humanitarian and economic aid to the Yemeni people. But, the administration is working on “providing security and counterterrorism support, to combat the common threat of violent extremism.”
“Despite the successes that we have achieved in the fight against it, [al Qaeda] remains a threat to the United States,” Carney said.
U.S. President Obama on Thursday met with members of his national security team as part of his regular briefings on homeland security and counterterrorism, but also to discuss the bin Laden anniversary.
“At this time, we have no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden’s death,” Carney said.
“However, we asses that [al Qaeda’s] affiliates and allies remain intent on conducting attacks in the homeland, possibly to avenge the death of bin Laden, but not necessarily tied to the anniversary,” the spokesman added.
Ahead of the May 2 anniversary of when U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six raided a Pakistani compound where bin Laden was living, and killed the terror leader, there continues to be terror threats worldwide.
On Friday, three men were arrested in Copenhagen, Denmark on suspicion of plotting a terror act after they were caught by police in possession of automatic firearms and ammunition, according to Denmark’s The Security and Intelligence Service.
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