New York City security officials went on heightened alert for possible Iranian retaliation in response to a US air strike in Baghdad on Friday that killed Qassem Soleimani, Tehran’s most prominent military commander, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The city is consistently vigilant against possible terrorist attacks given its history but the mayor said the threat has changed significantly given the resources that a state like Iran has compared to non-state organizations like al Qaeda or ISIS.
“It’s just a world of difference,” de Blasio told a press conference .
“We need to assume this action puts us during a de facto state of war,” the mayor said.
De Blasio and senior police officials called the press conference as Iran promised vengeance in response to a US air strike in Baghdad on Friday that killed Soleimani, the architect of Iranian influence within the Middle East .
The ny local department has intelligence and counter-terrorism divisions and officers stationed at 14 foreign posts, all of which are well-funded since the attacks of Sept 11, 2001, that destroyed the dual Towers of the planet Trade Center.
New York officials consider the town the foremost enticing target for a surprise attack within the US and police continue heightened alert whenever there’s political violence against civilians within the us or abroad.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said officers were already on “heightened vigilance” which New Yorkers could expect to ascertain more uniformed officers, some heavily armed with long guns, at sensitive areas.
He didn’t specify what those were but an important police presence is usually seen on the subway, other mass transit, and tourist attractions when police continue heightened alert.