NY ramps up security after Iranian general is killed

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials stepped up security at New York's airports, utilities, transit system and high-profile spots Friday, calling for extra vigilance for potential repercussions from the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general.

New York state and city leaders said there were no direct, credible threats. But Mayor Bill de Blasio said the deadly airstrike could create “new and very profound challenges” even in a city long on guard against terror threats.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent National Guard personnel to city airports and said the New York Power Authority was checking and patrolling utilities. The agency that runs city subways, buses and commuter rails was also enhancing security, Cuomo said.

“Recent international events are understandably causing some anxiety,” said Cuomo, a Democrat.

City police were sharpening their watch over some prominent locations. Police counterterrorism chief John Miller declined to specify which ones.

Such steps and calls to keep an eye out for suspicious activity after international tensions or terror threats have become familiar features of living in New York since 9/11.

But “we are now potentially facing a threat that’s different and greater than anything we have faced previously,” de Blasio said. The Democrat said he believed the U.S. was now in a “de facto state of war with Iran."

President Donald Trump, a Republican, told reporters in Florida that Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed “to stop a war.

“We did not take action to start a war,” he said.

Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for Soleimani's death Friday near the airport in Baghdad, Iraq.