The world has been on edge for weeks as ISIS and other radical Islamic groups have continuously threatened to bring mayhem to America this holiday season.
The terror syndicate has always been fond of targeting American symbolism in their propaganda, and their holiday threats were no exception. Just weeks ago we were treated to claims that ISIS would be employing the visage of Old Saint Nick in their coming attacks, as well as a very clear message to New York City in which Times Square was clearly depicted as a target.
Given the tumultuous nature of international terror, the brave men and women of the New York Police Department aren’t taking any chances whatsoever, locking down the most iconic intersection in the world with a boldness that has never before been seen.
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“Thousands of NYPD cops will be in and around Times Square to guard the 2 million revelers expected to swarm Midtown Manhattan for the annual ball drop, police officials said.
“The NYPD’s heavily armed counterterrorism officers will be out in full force throughout the Times Square area, alongside an increased number of bomb-sniffing dogs, NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said.
“Anti-sniper teams and a helicopter will be watching from the rooftops, while every single New Year’s Eve gathering around the city will be fully staffed with cops on the ground, Monahan said.
“‘This is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world,’ NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference Thursday.”
Given the troubling record of recent terror attacks abroad, all eyes will be on Europe as 2018 slides over the horizon.
The European Union has done an abhorrent job of keeping the continent safe in 2017, after their misguided immigration policies led to a number of ISIS operatives sneaking into member nations under the guise of Syrian refugees. In Berlin, this has already led to the creation of “safe spaces” for women who may be worried about forceful sexual assault at the hands of migrant gangs.