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State Department Warns Of Reprisal Over Bin Laden

The State Department is putting U.S. embassies on alert and is warning Americans abroad of possible reprisal attacks from al-Qaida and its affiliates around the world after the killing of the group's leader Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan.

In a worldwide travel alert released shortly after President Barack Obama late Sunday announced bin Laden's death in a military operation, the department said there was an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan." It said Americans living or traveling abroad, particularly in areas that have been hit by anti-American violence in the past should limit travel outside their homes and avoid large gatherings.

The alert said U.S. embassy operations would continue "to the extent possible under the constraints of any evolving security situation."

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HarryStreet | May 7, 2011 at 11:46 a.m. ― 5 years, 10 months ago

I hope everyone understand the importance of being cautious. Of course there will be retaliations against us. But for now we can celebrate.

Just don't do anything stupid like those three American hikers (1 woman and two men) in Iraq who crossed the border (unknowingly or not) and now the two men are still in prison over there approaching 2 years. The woman was released last September on $500,000 bail, and refuses to return to Iran for trail (no kidding?).

If you have to travel for excitement there are plenty of places in our great nation to do that. Try the national parks.

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