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WAR: Terror Threat Prompts U.S. to Close Embassy in Saudi Arabia

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posted on Aug, 7 2005 @ 04:30 PM
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The United States will be closing its embassy and two consulates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for at least two days due to credible threats of terrorism. The main U.S. embassy in Riyadh as well as consulates in Dhahran and Jidda will be closed. The move is unusual, but not unprecedented as terror fears have been escalating in the Kingdom for several years.
 



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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 7 - United States diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia will be closed for at least two days in response to possible threats against American buildings, embassy officials said today.

The embassy took the unusual, but not unprecedented, decision to close the embassy in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, along with its consulates in Dhahran and Jidda on Monday and Tuesday, in response to intelligence suggesting an attack was imminent, an embassy spokesperson said. The embassy also repeated advice for American citizens to be especially vigilant and to take appropriate steps to increase their security.

No specific details were provided, but a statement posted on the embassy's Web site on Saturday warned of "ongoing security concerns in the region, including for seaborne vessels traveling in the southern Red Sea," Reuters reported.


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I wonder if the apparent increase in the terror threat level in Saudi Arabia has anything to do with the death of King Fahd. In any case, increased terror and a destabilized government in Saudi Arabia is quite disturbing since it is a quite important source of energy.




posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 07:02 AM
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The UK has also revised its travel advice - - obviously they have some major intelligence which suggest something is about to happen.



posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 11:42 AM
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It'll be interesting to see how the Saudi connection in worldwide Wahabiism reacts to the change in leadership. However, I don't expect much. I'm sure transition has been planned for decades, like in generations before.

The problem with the islamic terrorist's semi-independent status that helps insulate royal families from repercussions, also allows for uncontrolled elements to go after unapproved targets. Until the reigns are tightened there might be some actions on Saudi and Iranian soil. "Fortunately", the heads of this won't be hurt.



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