U.S. watchful ahead of bin Laden anniversary
WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama has reviewed potential threats to the United States ahead of the anniversary next week of the killing of Osama bin Laden, but there is no concrete evidence that al Qaeda is plotting any revenge attacks, the White House said on Thursday.
Bin Laden’s killing last year by U.S. commandos is touted by the Obama administration as one of his top accomplishments and it may help inoculate the president from Republican election-year claims that he is weak on national security.
U.S. Navy SEALs shot bin Laden in a raid on the al Qaeda leader’s compound in Pakistan that took place before dawn May 2 local time, which was May 1 in the United States.
“At this time, we have no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden’s death,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.