You knew they were coming. It was just a question of when.
With the renewed U.S. bombing runs in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State militants, there had to be the re-initiation of terror alerts. Great Britain raised its terror alerts last month.
Australia did so this week, and so did the United States — at least in New York’s Times Square — because of the growing conflict with Islamic State militants. New York police beefed up security. CBS News reports that an online message board for Islamic State sympathizers encourages attacks on U.S. tourists sites, and Times Square is a key target.
Two men were charged Thursday in Australia in a terror plot that authorities said included a public execution. Islamic State militants have publicly beheaded three persons — two were journalists.
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The Associated Press reports that New York City concerns include upcoming Jewish holidays and the arrival of dignitaries for the United Nations General Assembly.
Travelers in U.S. airports also can expect Transportation Security Administration screenings to be a little more intense and a little more thorough. You know the drill; we’ve been here before.