Following recent attacks in London, and in Egypt, new threats are now being made via an Islamist website. The United Arab Emirates has been warned to
eject all non-Muslims including Westerners and all U.S. citizens within 10 days or face attacks.
There are about 20,000 U.S. citizens resident in the U.A.E., according to the U.S. embassy in Dubai. The U.K., which is recovering from bomb attacks
in London on July 7 that killed 56 people, has 100,000 of its citizens there.
"If you refuse to do this, we ask God to settle the matter or we will settle it with our own hands,'' said the statement posted July 19 by an
unidentified individual on al-Sakifah Web site, which carries statements attributed to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Security concerns are rising among governments in the Middle East allied to the U.S. following the attacks in London and the blasts early yesterday in
the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, which killed more than 85 people and wounded 200. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar boosted security of oil
sites this year.
"All threats are taken seriously,'' said U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Hilary Olsin-Windecker in a telephone interview today from Abu Dhabi, the
The statement criticized the U.A.E. for letting U.S. naval vessels dock at Jebel Ali port on the Persian Gulf and permitting shore leave in Dubai for
crew of aircraft carriers, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, U.S.S. John F. Kennedy and U.S.S. Harry S. Truman.
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Given the successful recent attacks in Egypt, Could these be empty threats, or could it be possible these terrorists are ready to back up these new
I am wondering how the U.A.E. will respond to these new threats. To make any kind of concession to these terrorists, such as ordering all Westerners
to leave, or even if the Westerners leave on their own for “safety concerns” it would be seen among the radical Muslims as a victory for terrorism
against the west. Quite a dilemma, to do nothing is a risk, to take actions that could be seen as giving in to these demands could have profound
impact throughout the Middle-East.
It would seem that the U.A.E. is damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
[edit on 7-24-2005 by worldwatcher]