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US to close some embassies around world on Sunday for security fears

Thu Aug 1, 2013 7:9PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/01/316730/us-to-close-embassies-worldwide-sunday/


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An unspecified number of US embassies and consulates around the world will be closed due to security fears, the State Department says.

"The Department of State has instructed certain US embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Thursday.

The decision was taken "out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations," she said.

Harf did not say how many facilities would close or in what region. She added that the missions may remain closed for additional days.

The American official did not say what threat has led the State Department to adopt such a measure.

The State Department came under fire last year after the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi was attacked on September 11, leading to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

RW - No threat defined - could it be that they are merely hunkering down in anticipation of repercussions from something planned? Definitely a red flag here.
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US issues global travel alert over al-Qaeda attack threat
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 12:21:42 PM »
US issues global travel alert over al-Qaeda attack threat

Published time: August 02, 2013 09:30
Edited time: August 02, 2013 17:27
source: http://rt.com/news/us-embassies-close-muslim-931/


Security personnel stand guard near a wall with graffiti at the U.S. embassy in Cairo (Reuters)

Washington has issued a worldwide travel alert, warning US citizens about the "continued potential for terrorist attacks" in the Middle East and North Africa. The announcement comes as the anniversary of the US consulate attack in Benghazi approaches.

Officials said that the threat appeared to be related to al-Qaeda and Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, which ends on Wednesday. But the travel alert is applicable to all Americans until August 31.

“The Department of State alerts US citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa and possibly occurring and emanating from the Arabian Peninsula," the statement read.

Current information suggest that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorists attacks booth in the region and beyond and they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.” 

The State Department urged American travelers to take extra precautions when traveling abroad and suggested they should sign up for State Department alerts and register with US consulates in the countries they are visiting.

The warning cities dangers involved with public transportation systems, such as subways, railways, boats and airplanes, which are prime sites for tourists.

Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the house intelligence panel, backed the decision to go public.

“Intelligence is probably the best defense against terrorist attacks. So we put people on notice and we also put the other side on notice,” said Ruppersberger.

Over 20 embassies, consulate services to be closed

Earlier, the State Department said an unspecified number of US embassies and consulates in Muslim countries will be closed for a day or more due to a “specific threat”.

"We have instructed all US embassies and consulates that would have normally been open on Sunday to suspend operations, specifically on August 4th," the BBC cites State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf has been quoted as saying.

“Security considerations have led us to take this precautionary step,” Harf told reporters adding that additional days of closing are not ruled out as the threat is still being assessed.

At least 21 embassies and consulate services have been affected including those in the UAE, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and other countries. Among the embassies suspending their operations are several large US diplomatic facilities which house substantial American military contingents. 


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The chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said the threat appears to be linked to al-Qaeda.

"It's my understanding that it is al-Qaeda linked... and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia," Representative Ed Royce said on CNN's New Day.

Royce added that he and several other lawmakers met two days ago with Vice President Joe Biden on the threat, "and as you know we're going to take whatever steps necessary to protect our personnel overseas. When we do have an indication of a threat, we take that seriously."

Though senior State Department officials declined to specify the region where diplomatic missions are being threatened, Sunday is only a working day in Muslim countries and Israel, whereas diplomatic missions are closed in other parts of the world over the weekend. 

The threat is believed to extend to countries in the Middle East, North Africa and other South East Asian states. Also, next week will culminate in the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, marked by the holiday of Eid.

Nearly one year ago an anti-Islamic American-made movie sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world. Islamic extremists capitalized on public outrage to organize popular unrest in many Muslim countries on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil.

In Libya, an Islamist riot was used as cover to launch an organized assault on the American consulate in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, including ambassador Christopher Stevens.

RW - Drum roll for the next event... or is all this just an attempt to install fear and thereby public appreciation for Obama's anti-terrorism effort? Even if the latter they'll still need an event of some sort.
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- US to close some embassies around world on Sunday for security fears
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2013, 01:06:04 AM »
cool looks like my shit talking on skype has worked!
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 03:42:33 AM »
RW:
"Drum roll for the next event... or is all this just an attempt to ..."

Well if they wouldn't just go and let everyone know there's this 'date' in the works, they'd be far better able to really nab any 'really' terrorists.  So, why announce to the world, yes, unless you want to make drills, demands on public response, etc. ?
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- US to close some embassies around world on Sunday for security fears
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2013, 06:35:20 AM »
cool looks like my shit talking on skype has worked!

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- US to close some embassies around world on Sunday for security fears
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2013, 12:29:38 AM »
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- US to close some embassies around world on Sunday for security fears
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2013, 11:09:46 AM »
The High Hymie Holidays

Rosh Hashanah 2013 begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 4, ushering in the Jewish year of 5774. The two days of Rosh Hashanah kick off a period known as the Days of Awe, or the Ten Days of Repentence, culminating in Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on Friday, September 13.

You think this stunt will persist till mid-September?
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US embassies to remain closed over most serious Al-Qaeda threat in years
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2013, 11:26:25 AM »
US embassies to remain closed over most serious Al-Qaeda threat in years

Published time: August 04, 2013 21:04
Edited time: August 05, 2013 10:11
source: http://rt.com/news/us-embassies-closure-extended-033/


A view of the U.S. embassy in Manama (Reuters / Caren Firouz)

The US extends its embassy closures through August 10, State Department has announced. The Al-Qaeda threat that forced US and European embassies in the Middle East and North Africa to shut down is the most serious in years according to a US lawmaker.

Although some of the US diplomatic posts are scheduled to reopen on Monday, including those in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, most of 22 US embassies that were shut down on Sunday will remain closed for another week.

The posts that will be closed through Saturday include: Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis.

The extension comes as an “exercise of caution” and not due to new threats, the US State Department emphasized.

The UK Foreign Office meanwhile announced the mission in the Yemeni capital Sanaa would remain closed until the end of the Muslim holiday of Eid on Thursday.

Over the weekend a number of US officials have described the threat as “big”, “strategically significant” and “the most serious in years” also claiming that the terror groups were allegedly in the final stages of planning the operation.


U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) (AFP Photo / Alex Wong)

Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told NBC’s Meet the Press that the “chatter” among suspected terrorists was reminiscent of the period running up to 9/11.

The terrorist “chatter” was picked up by a National Security Agency (NSA) program that electronically monitors communications through mobile phones and emails and was one of the surveillance programs leaked to the press by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

It is these programs that allowed the US to “gather this chatter” said Chambliss. “If we did not have these programs then we simply wouldn’t be able to listen in on the bad guys.”

Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, characterized the threat as being based on specific intelligence rather than general threats against the US.

“This is not the usual type of chatter. It had to be corroborated or come from very reliable sources to take this kind of action,” he said on CNN’s State of Union program.

There is also a growing belief among intelligence officials and lawmakers that Al-Qaeda is stronger now than it was before 9/11.

“Al-Qaeda is in many ways stronger than it was before 9/11, because its mutated and spread and it can come at us from different directions,” Peter King, a republican, told ABC’s “This Week” program.

“Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is probably the most deadly of all the Al-Qaeda affiliates,” he added.


Jordanian riot police stand guard outside the US embassy in Amman on September 14, 2011 during a protest against
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After a meeting Saturday President Obama’s top security officials decided to shut 22 embassies across the Middle East and North Africa as a precaution.

The threats have also caused France, Germany and Britain to close their embassies in Yemen.

While Interpol the French based international police agency, issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its member states to increase their vigilance in the wake of a string of prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq and Libya. Al-Qaeda has already claimed responsibility for busting open jails in Pakistan and Iraq, in which some of their senior operatives were locked up.

A US intelligence official told Reuters that there was some disagreement in the intelligence community as to whether the potential target was Yemen or the whole region, which is why the State Department’s warning included the whole Arabian Peninsula.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, said on CNN that the pre-emptive actions taken by the Obama administration showed that lessons have been learned since the disastrous Benghazi attacks last year, in which four people including the US ambassador were killed. 

“Benghazi was a complete failure. The threats were real there. The reporting was real. And we basically dropped the ball,” he said.


A Burundian guard locks the gate of the US Ambassador's residence in Bujumbura (AFP Photo / Alexander Joe)

RW - "not due to new threats" yet in the comments that follow the politicians claim they are new threats but thank God, the NSA is there to warn us. Had we only had the NSA prior to 9-11! As if anybody believes that a) they didn't have nationwide surveillance back then and b) that Al Quaeda was responsible for 9-11. Is the USG so certain of their propaganda that they continue to treat the public as utter fools incapable of seeing through their lies? It really is enough to make one ill listening to their BS. In any case a lot of embassy employees will have an extended holiday at full pay and the airlines will do well flying them stateside from all over the world and then back again. Obama and all these bureaucrats will all be out partying till September and laughing at the dumb Americans through it all.
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US raises alert for warships in Middle East
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2013, 02:23:46 PM »
US raises alert for warships in Middle East

Mon Aug 5, 2013 8:22PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/05/317362/us-raises-alert-for-warships-in-mideast/


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The United States has reportedly ordered its warships in the Middle East to be ready in case of a possible terror attack by al-Qaeda.

DEBKAfile said on Monday that US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “is reported by CNN to be considering a special deployment of US forces in the Middle East ready for action if a terrorist attack makes it necessary.”

“US warships have been ordered to sail into waters opposite Yemen, which is reported to be the source of the terrorist threat which has closed 19 US embassies and consulates in the Muslim world since Sunday,” DEBKAfile reported.

“Marine units in southern Italy and Spain were also told to stand ready for intervention,” according to the report.

The United States closed 21 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa on Sunday, warning that al-Qaeda may be planning to conduct attacks by the end of August.

On Sunday, State Department said that the country’s embassies and consulates in 19 cities will remain closed until Saturday. US diplomatic posts will remain closed in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait among other countries.

The department also issued a global travel alert due to a possible terror attack by al-Qaeda.

“Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the department said.

In an interview with Press TV, political analyst Dr. Kevin Barrett said that the recent global terror alert shows that Washington needs to keep the so-called war on terror going.

“There is a hidden agenda of course behind it and that is to keep the so-called war on terror going and to do that they need to periodically check and see if people still believe this kind of nonsense,” he said.

“Terror alert issued by the US government is just as ridiculous as previous series of terror alerts,” Barrett added.

RW - Not much more one can add to that last comment by Kevin Barrett.
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US Special Forces poised to strike against Al-Qaeda
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2013, 09:15:44 PM »
US Special Forces poised to strike against Al-Qaeda following intercepted communiques

Published time: August 05, 2013 22:48
source: http://rt.com/usa/us-al-qaeda-intercepted-plot-078/


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Intercepted communiques between Al-Qaeda leadership and its affiliated branch in Yemen has led to credible evidence of plots against American and Western targets on the Arabian Peninsula, according to US officials.

Last week the Obama administration made the unusual move to close about two dozen diplomatic facilities throughout the Middle East and Africa, as well as issued a worldwide travel alert. Those actions were followed by similar moves by the UK’s Foreign Office, which advised on Friday British nationals to leave Yemen if possible.

It is now thought that an uptick in chatter from the head of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, speaking from Pakistan with Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of Al-Qaeda’s Yemen group, revealed an impending attack, as early as this past weekend.

According to the New York Times, the conversation between the two leaders was considered “highly unusual” and immediately led the State Department and the White House to act, prompting members of Congress to indicate last week that a credible terrorist plot was already underway.

“This was significant because it was the big guys talking, and talking about very specific timing for an attack or attacks,” said one American official who spoke with the New York Times.

The State Department on Sunday announced that it was closing an additional 19 diplomatic offices through next Saturday due to continued intelligence suggesting an imminent threat, but not due to additional information which set off increased precautions since last week.


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against the US policies in the Middle East (AFP Photo / Khalil Mazraawi)


The latest closures were “merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees and visitors to our facilities,” according to the State Department.

Meanwhile, a senior Obama administration official had indicated to CNN on Monday that Special Forces units overseas had been on alert for the past several days for a potential attack on Al-Qaeda targets. Those units had been placed on heightened alert by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as of last week, as US intelligence continued to examine the details of the credible threat.

Speculation on potential US targets seemed high over the weekend, with an anonymous Western diplomat speaking to the New York Times saying the American mission in Islamabad, Pakistan had received unconfirmed reports that militants had assembled in the Margalla Hills overlooking the city.

“The assumption is that it’s probably most likely to happen in the Middle East,” Representative Peter T. King said on Sunday on the ABC News program “This Week.”

“But there’s no guarantee of that at all. It could basically be in Europe, it could be in the United States, it could be a series of combined attacks,” added King, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

The broad scope of the potential threat indicated that the only solid point so far was that the alleged terrorist plot was centered on Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch, generally considered the deadliest element of the network by US analysts.

As recently as last Thursday the US was reported to have killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in east Yemen using unmanned aircraft. That strike was believed to be the third such attack in under a week, according to a government official cited by Reuters.

That drone attack happened in conjunction with a meeting between President Barack Obama and Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was in Washington to discuss the two country’s “counter-terrorism partnership” according to a White House statement.

The US continues to provide Yemen’s government with funds and logistical support as it seeks to subdue Al-Qaeda operations in the country, having successfully driven militants out of towns in southern Yemen in 2011.

American drone strikes in Yemen meanwhile continue to draw criticism. In a widely distributed letter last week Faisal bin Ali Jaber, the brother of an anti-al Qaeda cleric killed by a drone strike last year, pleaded with the two leaders to halt the use of drones in the country.

RW - Credible evidence? So far we have the following: "According to the New York Times" "it was the big guys talking" "said one American official" "with an anonymous Western diplomat speaking to the New York Times". That's pretty impressive information...not! Would that anonymous Western diplomat hail from Tel Aviv by any chance?
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US closing embassies like cowards: Congressman
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2013, 09:22:05 PM »
US closing embassies like cowards: Congressman

Mon Aug 5, 2013 11:24PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/05/317382/us-closing-embassies-like-cowards/


Rep. Louie Gohmert

A Republican congressman has criticized the Obama administration for closing 19 embassies and consulates “like a bunch of cowards” for security concerns.

Rep. Louie Gohmert made the remarks in an interview with a radio program on Monday.

“Why you didn't have security where you needed it, where you need security to shore up, what you can do to make sure that doesn't happen again, you don't have to close your embassies like a bunch of cowards that go running away," he said.

The congressman also said Washington failed to learn after bombings on US embassies during President Clinton's administration and warned that failing to look tough will only invite more attacks.

"We didn't learn it then, by golly, we better learn it now or we're going to get hit again and we're going to look weak," he said.

The United States closed 21 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa on Sunday, warning that al-Qaeda may be planning to conduct attacks by the end of August.

On Sunday, US State Department said that the country’s embassies and consulates in 19 cities will remain closed until Saturday.

“Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the State Department said.

Meanwhile, the United States has reportedly ordered its warships in the Middle East to be ready in case of a possible terror attack by al-Qaeda.

RW - C'mon Louie, give Obama a break. He has bravely kept the embassy in Tel Aviv open.
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2013, 09:28:48 PM »
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RW - Credible evidence? So far we have the following: "According to the New York Times" "it was the big guys talking" "said one American official" "with an anonymous Western diplomat speaking to the New York Times". That's pretty impressive information...not! Would that anonymous Western diplomat hail from Tel Aviv by any chance?

Sure it would be more straightforward if the NYT said; this week the Jews gave orders for their American colony to strike A, B, or C. But what we do? What would I have to do if there wasn't a puzzle for me to solve as to what the Jews were up to?
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2013, 08:04:05 AM »
You think this stunt will persist till mid-September?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/05/us-embassies-remain-closed-alqaida

White House warns some US embassies could remain closed for another month

The White House has warned the terror alert which forced US embassy closures across the Middle East and Africa could continue for another four weeks as it revealed its intelligence indicated an ongoing threat "from now until the end of August".

It was widely reported on Monday that the closures follow an intercepted communication between al-Qaida leader Ayman Zawahiri and the chief of the terrorist organization's Yemeni affiliate.

Supporters of the NSA's surveillance tactics have used the latest threat to justify their opposition to reining in the agency's domestic spying activities. But the information related to the latest threat was collected overseas under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – not the bulk surveillance programs disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden.