Al Arabiya reported on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of State warned American citizens overseas of an increased threat of “anti-American violence” following an American airstrike that eliminated al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“Following al-Zawahiri’s death, supporters of al- Qa’ida, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may seek to attack U.S. facilities, personnel, or citizens,” the State Dept. press release read, in part, adding that “there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022.”
“Current information suggests that terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions across the globe. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings,” the announcement continued.
Al-Zawahiri served as Osama bin Laden’s deputy prior to reigning as al-Qaeda’s chief, meaning his history with the terror group spanned decades.
During his August 1 announcement of the al Qaeda leader’s death, President Biden noted that al-Zawahiri had “made videos, including in recent weeks, calling for his followers to attack the United States and our allies.”