Before The New Year’s Celebration, Al-Qaeda Threatens Targets In The West And Jews

In a video that was made public just last week, Al-Qaeda allegedly threatened to launch an “open-source Jihad” against Jewish and Western targets, including airlines.

Before The New Year's Celebration, Al-Qaeda Threatens Targets In The West And Jews

Fox News Digital was informed by several federal officials, including the TSA and law enforcement organisations, that they are aware of the video and are keeping an eye on the matter.

As tens of thousands to over a million people are anticipated to swarm major cities to ring in the New Year, the TSA declared on Sunday morning that they are “not aware of any credible threats resulting from this video to date,” but they are nevertheless on high alert.

“Foreign terrorist organizations routinely highlight transportation modes during the holidays,” the TSA said in an email. “TSA is operating at a high level of security and constant state of vigilance, as always.”

According to an Atlas News report, the original video called for more assaults on American, British, and French airlines and was allegedly uploaded on Christmas Day, December 25.

According to Atlas News, certain airlines were referenced in the ominous film, including American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet, Air France, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Since Hamas began a war with Israel on October 7, the FBI informed Fox News Digital that “various foreign terrorist media organisations” had advocated for lone-wolf strikes in the United States.

The FBI is closely monitoring threats to public safety during the holiday season, which may be amplified by the ongoing Israel-HAMAS conflict,” the FBI said Sunday morning.

“We take all potential threats seriously and will work closely with our law enforcement partners to determine their credibility, share information and take appropriate investigative action.”

In an interview with Fox News Digital on Friday, James Smith, the assistant director in charge of the FBI Field Office in New York, stated that the agency has been monitoring possible terror threats and the increase in hate crimes since the beginning of the War in Israel.

I would say overall that, yes, there are threats out there, but we are out there to protect the community day in and day out,” Smith said.

He emphasised that everyone in Times Square, or somewhere they may be celebrating, ought to be extremely vigilant and “see something, say something.”

The NYPD cited Mayor Eric Adams’s statement at the news conference that there are “no credible threats” that they are aware of, but stressed that they are collaborating with other law enforcement organisations to safeguard the Big Apple.

Protecting The Skies

To safeguard American Airlines, the TSA stated that it “maintains a risk-based, intelligence-driven approach”.

“That includes multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen,” the TSA said in an email statement about Al-Qaeda’s threatening message to Western airlines.

“The TSA and DHS are in close and ongoing touch with all of our partners, and will continue to monitor the situation and adjust security measures as and when necessary.”

Credential authentication technology and computed tomography scanners are two of the newest safety innovations being used.

Furthermore, security is maintained beyond checkpoints.

There will be a noticeable presence of Federal Air Marshals and dogs trained to detect explosives in the airports.

Smith wants the citizens of America to welcome 2024 with joy but with caution.

“Have a good time. Do not worry. We are there to protect you,” Smith said.

“Only thing I’m asking as if you see something, say something. Tell the police officer at the corner or report something if you think something is wrong.”

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