Even as Americans celebrated the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan, the U.S. Department of State warned of possible reprisals against Americans and issued a worldwide travel alert warning of anti-American violence.
"Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations," states the Travel Alert, which remains in effect until August 1, 2011.
The State Department also noted that some U.S. Embassies and Consulates, especially in the Middle East, might be temporarily closed during the warning period due to security concerns. "U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate," states the Travel Warning.
Travel information is always available at the State Department web site -- www.travel.state.gov. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
Obama Tells the Nation
President Obama announced the killing of bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, on the evening of May 1.
"Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children," stated the President.
"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."
President Obama went on to warn that the killing of Osama bin Laden did not mark the end of the war on terror. "There's no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must -- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad," he said.
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