Is there a credible Islamic State terrorism threat for Christmas Eve or Day 2016 in the United States? Despite massive coverage of a potential terror attack by nearly all major mainstream media news, the FBI reports that there is a credible threat of an Islamic State or Islamist-inspired attack in the U.S.
Authorities are still on high alert, especially in cities specifically named in recent ISIS videos for future attacks after Berlin. New York’s Pix11 news reports:
All New York City police officers received a bulletin Tuesday afternoon outlining the department’s tactical plan and warning officers to stay vigilant, according to sources. That communication mentioned social media being used as a tactic and that a possible attack could come without warning.
Expect to see increased police presence at iconic locations across multiple boroughs, including Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Midnight Mass on Thursday, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, marking the first time a threat has sparked a swell of police presence in a borough other than Manhattan.
Elsewhere in the world, European officials are also on high alert, but there are no specific threats. Since the Paris attacks, ISIS has allegedly also been planning “coordinated attacks across multiple European cities,” reports The Mirror. But whether any of these purported attacks are meant to be committed on or around Christmas is unclear.