The absence of terrorist attacks during the war in Iraq was a surprise to many observers, but now it seems there are warnings everywhere. The U.S., British, Australian and New Zealand governments have warnings about many countries throughout the world ranging from the Middle East and Africa to Southeast Asia. Saudi officials warn that an attack in the U.S. is a strong possibility.
Kenya is the main focus of concern in East Africa, but worries exist for other countries in the region. The U.S. State Department warns against non-essential travel to Kenya, citing threats against Western interests and especially the targeting of commercial aircraft. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office also warns against travel to Kenya, and British Airways suspended flights in and out of the country, much to the dismay of Kenyan officials. Israel’s El Al also suspended flights to Kenya. All are concerned about the threat of shoulder-fired missile attacks on aircraft. Kenyan authorities have stated that they have implemented strict security measures at airports, on the borders, in and around hotels, resorts and national parks, and are working closely with foreign security agencies and British authorities to further strengthen security.