NPR has learned that Navy Seals led the kill operation that entered the Pakistani compound to kill Osama bin Laden. NPR's Dina Temple Raston tells Morning Edition that although bin Laden was no longer the operational head of al-Qaida, he had established terrorist training camps in Afghanistan well before September 11, filled with people who shared his philosophy. The U.S. is concerned members of those camps will retaliate.
The man who created the al-Qaida terrorist network that killed 3,000 people in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is dead.
CIA Director Leon Panetta is certain of it, warning "Though Bin Laden is dead, Al Qaida is not. The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him and we must — and will — remain vigilant," according to Reuters.
There's no specific strike threat against the U.S. but Dina reports there's been evidence that that if bin Laden was killed there is a revenge plot ready to go. Dina says it's unknown if that's true but military bases have been put on high alert.
It's not just limited to the bases; NPR's Michele Kelemen also tells Morning Edition the State Dept. is warning Americans traveling outside the country to stay away from large gatherings and to keep up with local events. Al-Qaida sympathizers might try to violently avenge bin-Laden's death.
The Guardian says a leader of the Taliban in Pakistan has vowed retaliation, claiming similar operations will be launched to avenge bin Laden's death.
Politico says law enforcement agencies in major cities are on high alert, such as in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.