Military Bases On Higher Alert Following Bin Laden's Death

Security was heightened at Eastern Carolina Marine bases with the death of Osama bin Laden.

Traffic coming into Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River were all delayed because of Force Protection BRAVO. Message boards outside the bases are warning of the change, telling drivers to have their ID's ready.

BRAVO is the middle of five protection levels, the highest being DELTA which area bases saw immediately after the 9/11 attacks.

The Marine Corps has not yet said just how long the heightened security procedures will last.

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It is to be expected military bases in America and abroad will increase security measures after the U.S. operation which killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan Sunday.

Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville are now at Force Protection BRAVO. Message boards outside the bases this morning warned of the change.

Below is the announcement on the base's website.

"The Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has directed all DoD forces and activities including Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River to assume Force Protection Condition BRAVO. Base personnel should expect delays at gate entrances and heightened security activities associated with this condition."

The State Department is putting U.S. embassies on alert and is warning Americans abroad of possible reprisal attacks from al-Qaida and its affiliates around the world after the killing of the group's leader Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan.

In a worldwide travel alert released shortly after President Barack Obama late Sunday announced bin Laden's death in a military operation, the department said there was an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan." It said Americans living or traveling abroad, particularly in areas that have been hit by anti-American violence in the past should limit travel outside their homes and avoid large gatherings.

The alert said U.S. embassy operations would continue "to the extent possible under the constraints of any evolving security situation."

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