Police officers stand guard in Times Square. Photo / AP
A defiant New York stared down an Isis (Islamic State) propaganda
video threatening the city as White House hopeful Hillary Clinton called
for a United States-led global fight to defeat the extremists.
than a week after attacks claimed by the group killed 129 people in
Paris, an Isis video showed a man preparing a suicide vest and fingering
its trigger, interlaced with footage of New York’s Times and Herald
Police immediately said that there was “no current or
specific threat”, and Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill
Bratton went to Times Square in the middle of the night to reassure
“The people of New York City will not be intimidated,”
de Blasio told reporters beneath the bright lights of the square, in
the heart of New York’s entertainment district.
“We understand it
is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic
society. We will not submit to their wishes.
“There is no specific and credible threat against New York
City. So it’s crucial that people go about their normal business.” It
was a message reiterated by FBI Director James Comey: “We are not aware
of any credible threat here [in the US] of a Paris-type attack. And we
have seen no connection at all between the Paris attackers and the
New York has the largest police force in the
United States with 35,000 officers. This week also marked the first
deployment of 100 extra rapid-reaction counterterrorism officers out of a
Bratton said the video was “nothing new”.
America’s largest city, entertainment and financial capital, New York
is on a near-constant state of alert, particularly since the 9/11
al-Qaeda attacks killed more than 2700 at the Twin Towers.
then, more than 20 plots have been thwarted, including four in the last
two years, said counterterrorism chief John Miller.
The city is
preparing to welcome an influx of millions of visitors during the busy
holiday season, which traditionally opens with the Thanksgiving Parade
Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate in the
2016 race for the White House, said that New York’s resilience in the
face of terror led her to unveil in the city her plans for a sweeping
war against Isis.
The former New York state senator called for a
US-led global fight to defeat the extremist group in the Middle East,
shut down its flow of fighters, propaganda and weapons to the West, and
to counter radical jihadism.
It would require every pillar of
American power – military, diplomacy and economic development – she
said, calling on Arab, European and regional allies, including Turkey,
to do more.