New York, NY – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the United States at war with Iran on Friday and announced that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is taking steps to deal with the potential threat and to protect key targets.
"We're in, at this point, a de facto state of war between the United States of America and Iran," de Blasio told reporters at a press conference on Friday morning.
The mayor warned that Iran or “its terrorist allies” might target New York City, according to WTTG.
But NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea was quick to reassure citizens that there has been no specific threat against the city.
The police commissioner said that New Yorkers could expect to see an increased NYPD presence with officers carrying bigger guns, WTTG reported.
The security announcements came only hours after Tehran vowed “harsh retaliation” for the U.S. airstrike that took out Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near the Baghdad airport in Iraq.
Boston police have also stepped up patrols as a precaution despite the fact that the city hasn’t received any credible threats either, the Boston Herald reported.
“While there is no credible threat to the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department continues to monitor events around the world,” Boston police said in a statement. “We will increase patrols to protect the city and the people that live in and visit our great city.”
The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) issued a statement that said it was monitoring incoming intelligence with federal authorities but confirmed that there were “no active threats to the Commonwealth,” the Boston Herald reported.
“MSP patrols maintain their standard stance of high alert and heightened situational awareness at airports, seaports, and critical infrastructure throughout the state. We are prepared to adjust deployment of assets as needed as warranted by incoming intelligence,” state police said.
President Donald Trump’s swift retaliation for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad sent shockwaves across the Middle East, according to the Boston Herald.
The U.S. Department of State has advised all U.S. citizens to leave Iraq immediately.
The U.S. Embassy has remained closed since the attack and the state department said all consular services have been suspended, WTTG reported.