It was two years ago that U.S. Navy Seals killed Usama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan. And once again, U.S. law enforcement officials are keeping a close eye on the possibility of anniversary linked reprisals.
FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Washington DC in our ongoing series on national security:
It was late Sunday night, two years ago when President Obama made it official:
Obama: "The United States has conducted an operation that killed Usama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda."
A year ago, the anniversary was met with high alert, as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned of more lone-wolf terrorists:
Napolitano: "That's one of the evolutions that we're seeing; radicalization. Radicalization to the point of terrorist violence."
That threat became very real last month in Boston. And these days, overseas.
Jones: "I think al-Qaeda has resurged in North Africa, where they've killed a U.S. Ambassador."
Terror expert Seth Jones, referring to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans last year in Benghazi, Libya.
In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.
It's been two years since Seal Team Six killed Usama bin Laden. Where is al-Qaeda without him today? And, how much of a threat does the terrorist group still pose to the U.S.?
FOX News Radio's Emily Wither reports:
Terrorism experts say that al-Qaeda didn't die with the killing of their leader, but the group has changed. Nick Pratt, Director of Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center says the goal has become simpler for them:
Pratt: "What they are telling their listening audience and this is in their media... just do it, get a gun, shoot someone."
He says it's become a leaderless fight based on a broader jihadist ideology, so while he doesn't think they can carry out another 9/11, their followers can pop up anywhere. And Pratt says that officials and the media help al-Qaeda every time they talk about them, as we're giving them the advertisement they crave to survive.
Emily Wither, Fox News Radio.
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