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03 Jan 2020 | 07:40 AM UTC

US: Heightened security measures reported in New York City January 3

New York City police implement heightened security measures as of January 3 following US airstrike in Iraq; follow local authority directives

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Event

The mayor of New York City has stated that the police force will be implementing heightened security measures across the city to protect "key locations," in case of a retaliatory attack following the airstrike against al-Quds force commander Qasem Suleimani in Baghdad (Iraq) earlier the same day. Officials stated that the city will be vigilant against any threat posed by Iran or its allies.

A heightened security presence is to be expected throughout the city, including at airports and other strategic assets. Road closures and other associated transportation disruptions are also possible.

Context

The US Department of Defense released a statement on January 3, claiming responsibility for an airstrike targeting Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iran's Quds Force, near Baghdad International Airport (BGW). According to the statement, Soleimani was "actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region." Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), was also killed in the strike along with six other individuals.

Advice

Individuals in New York are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.