U.S. Embassies Closing In Middle East Due To Terrorism Threat

You might think that the putative terrorists would just adjust their plans for Saturday or Monday in response, but in any event the United States is closing its embassies on Sunday reports ABC News:

U.S. embassies in a slew of Muslim countries will close on Sunday due to a credible and serious security threat.


The embassies will close in response to “a specific threat against a U.S. embassy or consulate,” according to a senior U.S. official, who called it a “concerted effort” to target an embassy or consulate in a Muslim country.

“We just don’t know which one,” the official told ABC News.

“There could be other targets, not just embassies,” another U.S. official said. The threat is considered to be throughout the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Some of the biggest U.S. embassies will close, including those in Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, where tens of thousands of U.S. troops are based. The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan will also close. So will embassies in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Amman, Jordan; Muscat, Oman; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Algiers, Algeria; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Sana’a, Yemen; and Tripoli, Libya, according to security warnings issued by those embassies. Two consulates in Saudi Arabia will also close, in Dharan and Jeddah, as will a consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates…

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Are you sure you’ve got the right pic there? Looks like the outdoor movie theater just down from the Interstate.

    • Calypso_1

      Looks like an early warning radar or com facility. As to which, toasted birds would indicate the former.
      Then again maybe they are just showing the Jesus Film.

  • emperorreagan

    The US still builds embassies? I thought they just built military outposts.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Well, it’s probably more like a 3-tiered foreign relations paradigm.

      First there’s the obvious military bases. Try to be unobtrusive as possible, because naked aggression is awkward.

      On the opposite end there are a plethora of business offices for US-registered multinational corporations. This is where most of the real damage is done, out of sight and largely out of mind. No need to rush in with clumsy military maneuvers when you can steadily and more reliably corrupt a country’s institutions from within.

      The embassy is probably a kind of in-between sort of place. Claiming to have no interest other than ‘fostering mutual understanding amongst nations’, their professed kindly intentions gives them at least some sort of potentially innocent premise to make the inquiries necessary to identify and target local leaders, institutions and infrastructure for the American business and military types to corrupt.

      Of course, if a foreign delegation acts too aggressively towards its goals, by insisting always on having its own way, it will become impossible to disguise its fundamentally hostile intentions. Can’t polish a turd, as they say.

      So yes, over time all of these institutions become identified as essentially military bases of a foreign occupying power.

  • BuzzCoastin

    “Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait
    where tens of thousands of U.S. troops are based”

    gee, i wonder why they’re pissed-off
    i know i enjoy the presence of occupying armies

    • Hadrian999

      someone would occupy them. it’s just a matter of who

      • BuzzCoastin

        since Uncle Homeland presently occupies hundreds of kunteries
        and only France still militarily occupies a few
        it’s hard to imagine another kuntery
        powerful and inclined enough to do likewise

        • Hadrian999

          many countries are powerful enough to occupy mid east nations if they were up for grabs. The desire to return to the caliphate hasn’t disappeared from the mid east.

          • BuzzCoastin

            the last whirled power
            to subjugate & occupy so many
            was Rome
            even Great Friggins had fewer colonies

          • Hadrian999

            the only thing we learn from the study of history is that we learn nothing from the study of history. More will try and when they rise and fall another more will try