To ensure the United States is safe from terrorist attacks in the wake of of the forthcoming September 11, 2001 anniversary, Pentagon has ordered troops around the world to go on an alert status. The Pentagon explained the decision to go on alert status is not due to a new terrorist threat but rather a form of precautionary measure to ensure the terrorists cannot sow havoc and terror on this memorable piece of American history.
Pentagon spokesman George Little revealed the the alert status started on Wednesday and will end on Sunday. The US military are on guard these days since Pentagon was one of the top targets in the September 11, 2001, attacks, in which al Qaeda militants hijacked four airliners and killed almost 3,000 people. It can be recalled that two of the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York, one hit the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Aside from the heightened alert status, American authorities also issued a “Worldwide Travel Alert,” urging travelling Americans around the world to be extra careful from possible attacks. To ensure the safety of the American public on the 9/11 commemoration, a big number of policemen will be dispatched on public places.