Osama Bin Laden Dead: U.S. Issues Travel Warning For Citizens Abroad

Posted May 2nd 2011 08:20 AMUpdated May 2nd 2011 08:22 AM



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When President Obama announced Osama bin Laden's death on Sunday night, the world celebrated. Yet minutes after Obama's announcement, the State Department issued a travel warning for U.S. citizens abroad.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official told CNN early Monday: "We certainly anticipate threats of retaliation -- this is an organization that declared war on the United States more than a decade ago. Threats from al Qaeda are not a new phenomenon."

Diplomatic facilities around the world have been put on high alert and a global travel warning has been issued for Americans traveling abroad.

The warning reads:

"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. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times."

U.S. embassies in Islamabad, Pakistan (the capital city bin Laden was near at the time of his death), as well as consulates in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar were closed on Monday routinely. The U.S. embassy in Islamabad issued a statement on its website warning citizens "of the possibility of violent protests and demonstrations in major cities of Pakistan," especially near the embassy or consulates, or in areas were Westerners are seem congregating.

On Sunday, President Obama issued advice to American citizens, "There is no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad." At this time there is no credible or imminent threat, Reuters reports.

Similar alerts have been issued for British and Australian citizens, particularly those in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, Australian site news.com reports.

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This information provided in this article is incorrect. The US Department of State has issued a Travel Alert. This is very different than a Travel Warning. A Travel Warning basically says that a place is too dangerous and US citizens should go there. A Travel Alert, on the other hand, is to let citizens know that the travel situation has changed for the short term in particular area and they need to be aware of what is going on around them. Travel Alerts are issued for a variety of reasons, including natural disasters, transportation strikes, general elections, major sporting events, AND possible violence. The current Travel Alert concentrates especially on areas where there has been anti-American demonstrations and violence in the past.

May 05 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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May 03 2011 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It doesn't make any difference which direction a corpse is buried, it has no bearing on which direction the soul is going.

May 02 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In my opinion, the Muslim community has been at full-fledged war with America, since well before 9/11. They will do anything within their power to kill Americans and their leaders and have been trying to do to us again what they did on 9/11/01, ever since their original "success".

Therefore, we are in no more danger now that Osama is dead, than before. The U.S. is making the wrong moves by showing our fear. We will keep on doing what we did before anyway, regardless of the fact that the murderous coward is dead. So why publish our "fear factor" for the remaining terrorists to see and to take advantage of?

May 02 2011 at 9:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Travel Warnings? How about trying this tactic, Secure the damn border
There is just as much risk for those not traveling, particularly in the border regions. .
If drug mules, illegals, etc can sneak over, just how dang hard is it for al-Qaeda loons to slip in?
May be too late, Cartel Human Smugglers probably made a fortune sneaking them in, but on the very slim chance they're not already here, slam the border shut, now.

May 02 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

osama.........hey bro........enjoy your 72 virgins.........

May 02 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Wait till he realizes the virgins are all sheep.

May 02 2011 at 8:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

should have shoved a pork roast up his a$$ and wrapped him in bacon before they made fish food out of him. HEY Osama....say hello to Hitler, Stallin, Saddam, Vlad the impaler and SATAN you filthy scum. I hope you brought your SPF 1,000,000,000 , you'll need it where you're going !

May 02 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Sandra

Wonder when the Obama haters are going to ask for proof of bin laden's death by hounding the President for the death certificate!

May 02 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

They were certain it was Osama because he was still in bed with a camel when they came in.

May 02 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

isn't that Waldo in the top photo?

May 02 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply