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US halts operations at Sudan embassy due to 'specific' threat
Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | November 10 2003

Posted on 11/10/2003 10:22:23 AM PST by knighthawk

The US embassy in Khartoum has announced it will suspend operations for a week from November 12 due to a "specific" threat against American interests in the Sudanese capital.

"The US embassy will suspend normal operations as of November 12," the embassy said in a statement, noting it would also be closed on November 11 for the Veterans' Day holiday in the United States.

"This action is the result of a credible and specific threat to US interests in Khartoum."


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: embassy; khartoum; ramadan2003; sudan; usembassy; veteransday

1 posted on 11/10/2003 10:22:24 AM PST by knighthawk
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To: MizSterious; rebdov; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; keri; ...
Ping
2 posted on 11/10/2003 10:23:54 AM PST by knighthawk (And for the name of peace, we will prevail)
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To: knighthawk
I'm starting to believe that Al-Queda can only be effective with a 'home-court advantage'.
3 posted on 11/10/2003 10:28:30 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: knighthawk
Threats from whom, I wonder?
4 posted on 11/10/2003 11:20:39 AM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: knighthawk
Ping.
5 posted on 11/10/2003 11:22:38 AM PST by LikeLight ( ___________________________________ it's a line)
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To: knighthawk
What's to prevent AQ from effectively neutering our diplimatic operations all around the world through repeated "specific threats"? Can they force all our embassies to close by simply phoning in a new threat once a month?

BTW, this does not mean I doubt this threat or think it is premature to close the embassy there. Given the particularly prescient warning of the operations in Saudi Arabia last week we have to take these seriously.

6 posted on 11/10/2003 11:27:23 AM PST by clamboat
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To: knighthawk

From Fox News' website

U.S. Embassy in Sudan Suspends Operations
Monday, November 10, 2003

The United States Embassy in Khartoum will suspend normal operations beginning Wednesday as the result of terror threats to American interests in Sudan, the embassy said Monday.

A warden message was distributed to Americans living in Sudan, which does not have full diplomatic relations with the United States.

The embassy urged all Americans there to maintain a low profile, and to avoid large gatherings of foreigners, which may attract attention.

In the statement, the embassy said it was already closing Tuesday for the Veterans Day (search) holiday, and its operations would remain suspended for the rest of the week.

The embassy hopes to resume normal operations next week.

U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Sudan despite the warning were encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Sudan.

The warning follows Saturday's car bombing attack in Riyadh (search), Saudi Arabia, that killed 17 people at a compound housing mostly Arab foreigners.

The U.S. Embassy there had closed its offices earlier that day to review security procedures after receiving credible information about planned terror attacks.

Restrictions on staff and families were slightly eased Monday, but security was tight elsewhere in Saudi Arabia, amid fears of more attacks. Officials have said the bombing bore similarities to previous Al Qaeda-suspected operations.

After a review of the threat level, U.S. Embassy staff and their families were told they could travel outside Riyadh's heavily guarded diplomatic quarter, to which they had been restricted since the attack, an embassy spokeswoman said.

The embassy is shut indefinitely. The State Department has made no decision to evacuate diplomats or dependents.

Saudi authorities, who have clashed recently with suspected Al Qaeda militants, said earlier this month they were increasing security in the holy city of Mecca. Security officials were particularly concerned about the last 10 days of the fasting month of Ramadan, when some 2 million Muslims are expected to perform the "omra," or minor pilgrimage, to Mecca. Ramadan ends around Nov. 24.

After a Nov. 3 shootout in Mecca that left two suspects dead, Saudi authorities confiscated a large cache of weapons in the city, birthplace of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, leading to fears a strike was planned in Mecca.

The United States joined countries around the world in expressing condolences and pledging to stand by Saudi Arabia in the war on terror. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who was in Egypt on Monday after visiting Saudi Arabia the previous day, said the attack was more evidence the war on terror was far from over.

"Our president, after the events of Sept. 11, said he was preparing our nation for a long war, and the more we looked at the phenomenon of Al Qaeda, the more we became convinced there is going to be a long struggle," Armitage said.

In Riyadh, Armitage pledged Americans "will be fully participating partners, if that is the desire of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia" in its anti-terror fight.

Armitage, echoing initial Saudi assessments, said he was "personally quite sure" Al Qaeda was behind the car bombing.

Such attacks appear to be directed "against the government of Saudi Arabia and the people of Saudi Arabia," Armitage said, adding that he expected more.

The Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Turki al-Faisal, cited similarities between Saturday's bombings and previous Al Qaeda strikes. Saudi officials blame Al Qaeda for a series of car bombings May 12 on three Riyadh compounds housing foreigners. Those attacks killed 35 people, including nine homicide bombers.

Fox News' Teri Schultz and The Associated Press contributed to this report


7 posted on 11/10/2003 12:29:53 PM PST by cgk (Kraut, 1989: We must brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie & rage.)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
Does it matter what the terror group's name is...??

LThe real story here is we must really have some great intel..

8 posted on 11/10/2003 12:29:54 PM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
Does it matter what the terror group's name is...??

Good point. Hubby and I were discussing that this weekend. They're all the same, basically. No matter what they call themselves they all share the same agenda. To see us dead.

9 posted on 11/10/2003 12:31:12 PM PST by cgk (Kraut, 1989: We must brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie & rage.)
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To: clamboat
This info prolly comes from someone senior in AQ we are squeezing..

Who is the question...?

10 posted on 11/10/2003 12:31:59 PM PST by Dog
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To: knighthawk
Well I will have to say that the U.S.'s Intel is getting better because they warned beforehand about the S.A.'s bombings that happened a couple of days ago and because of the warning only around 10 people or so were killed.

They did save lives.

11 posted on 11/10/2003 12:33:29 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: knighthawk
Darn, embassy's shut down! Now all those prospective 3rd-world immigrants and "students" will have to wait for visas.
12 posted on 11/10/2003 12:37:21 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: cgk
See if we are squeezing info from someone......that means that info is time sensitive. The Saudi bombing is an example...we issued a warning there based on specific info.....that warning caused the terrorist to look to their secondary target....the one they really wanted to hit had been hardened.
13 posted on 11/10/2003 12:38:03 PM PST by Dog
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To: knighthawk
...at least we got some intelligence on this BEFORE hand.
I like this trend.
14 posted on 11/10/2003 12:38:29 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: clamboat
According to Miniter's Losing Bin Laden, those two lieutenants of bin Laden's that the Sudanese arrested in Aug. '98 were planning to blow up this U.S. embassy in Khartoum (which we had closed at the time, but which still had a skeleton staff on duty.) Al Qaeda is known for attacking again targets it has missed the first time.
15 posted on 11/10/2003 12:38:33 PM PST by aristeides
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To: Semper Paratus
I'm starting to believe that Al-Queda can only be effective with a 'home-court advantage'.

Just MHO, but it seams to me the fact that these attacks are occurring within Islamic countries, is a clear indication of desparation. It's generally not a good idea to blow up your own back yard.

16 posted on 11/10/2003 12:40:23 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: knighthawk
Do you notice how these loser terrorists in the time since 9-11 have tended to give specific threats for or actual hits on overseas targets? (knock-wood)
17 posted on 11/10/2003 12:40:27 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Mr. Fox, give us our water!!!)
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To: The_Victor
It's generally not a good idea to blow up your own back yard.

Unless we're seeing a shift of strategy to overthrow the Kingdom now and establish a new base.

18 posted on 11/10/2003 12:42:48 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Semper Paratus
Unless we're seeing a shift of strategy to overthrow the Kingdom now and establish a new base.

Even still, that says that they have given up trying to destroy us, and are just trying to eliminate our influence in their back yard. I would still consider that desperation.

19 posted on 11/10/2003 12:59:54 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: knighthawk
US halts operations at Sudan embassy due to 'specific' threat

They're not worried about that laser-controlled robot-comb that castrates men, again, are they?

20 posted on 11/10/2003 1:22:17 PM PST by Lazamataz (PROUDLY SCARING FELLOW FREEPERS SINCE 1999 !!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
Can you be more specific?
21 posted on 11/10/2003 1:24:42 PM PST by LikeLight ( ___________________________________ it's a line)
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To: LikeLight
Can you be more specific?

Yes.

Ace comb, black, plastic. Retail price, $0.79.

22 posted on 11/10/2003 1:29:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (PROUDLY SCARING FELLOW FREEPERS SINCE 1999 !!!!)
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To: LikeLight
No, no. I kid. Seriously:

Ja'far Abbas, a Sudanese columnist living abroad, expounded further on the matter in two articles, one in the Saudi daily Al-Watan and the other in Al-Rai Al-A'am. In his Al-Watan article, Abbas wrote: "Even though what I write today will harm 'tourism' in Sudan, I consider it my duty to warn anyone who wants to come to Sudan to refrain from shaking hands with a dark-skinned man. Since most Sudanese are dark-skinned, he had better avoid shaking hands with anyone he doesn't know…"

Focusing on the report of the Sudanese man who lost his penis after contact with a comb, Abbas wrote: "No doubt, this comb was a laser-controlled surgical robot that penetrates the skull [and passes] to the lower body and emasculates a man!!

"I wanted to tell that man who fell victim to the electronic comb: 'You jackass, how can you put a comb from a man you don't know to your head, while even relatives avoid using the same comb?!'"

Those whacky Sudenese!!!

23 posted on 11/10/2003 1:31:24 PM PST by Lazamataz (PROUDLY SCARING FELLOW FREEPERS SINCE 1999 !!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
LMAO!!!!

Laz ......you're crazy.

LOL!

24 posted on 11/10/2003 1:37:35 PM PST by Dog
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To: Lazamataz
Well, at least I can see why they closed the embassy.
25 posted on 11/10/2003 1:39:26 PM PST by LikeLight ( ___________________________________ it's a line)
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To: LikeLight; Dog
PENIS-DESTROYING LASER-CONTROLLED ROBOT-COMBS ARE EVERYWHERE!


26 posted on 11/10/2003 1:44:17 PM PST by Lazamataz (PROUDLY SCARING FELLOW FREEPERS SINCE 1999 !!!!)
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To: knighthawk
Not that it's a bad thing we halt embassy operations in that sewer - which send more of it's scum from the bottom of that sewer daily, thanks to Clinton - but if they believe the threat is cridable, it probably is. We need to start rethinking embassy organization, starting with Cold War, Hostile Territory-style before pulling all of our people. The UN is expected to run. The US isn't. Unless we're finally gonna see some decisive military action after we get Iraq straightened out.
27 posted on 11/10/2003 3:26:37 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Dog
"Who is the question...?"

Either someone we got in Iraq or that the Saudis caught and are...uh...squeezing. The royal family is finally beginning to believe some bigger, badder Wahhabists want their cushy "jobs". 'Bout time.

28 posted on 11/10/2003 3:34:03 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Dog
The real story here is we must really have some great intel...

Worth saying again--our intel nailed this threat with dead reckoning. Godspeed with our safety forward.

29 posted on 11/10/2003 5:53:08 PM PST by NautiNurse (Everyone is born right handed. Only the exceptionally gifted overcome it.)
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To: knighthawk
Big oil companines back the muslims in the north against the Christians in the rich oil region of the south

The oil people would rather keep the muslims in power and ignore their murdering raping and torturing of children as to them this is safer for their oil production than arming Christians and having "equally armed" enemies in a civil war

Better to keep the Christians unarmed and unable to protect themselves..sacrifice a few of them here and there and at least the equipment and pipelines are safe...besides since Christians dont engage in terrorism anyway it makes more sense to mollify the ones that do-
the muslims-

Of course the decent thing to do would be to arm the Christians and kill of the terrorists...but then that would make muslims in the other oil areas these same companies have holdings a bit bitter and angry there...and they might take action against the oil production in other muslim dominated states

Ya gotta have priorities

Heck we still back the Saudis...so much so our state dept is starting to sound more like CAIR
with every increasingly ludicrous PR announcement-go figure
imo
30 posted on 11/10/2003 7:59:19 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: struwwelpeter
Seriously, you have to wonder why we have embassies in some of the countries that we do. Those wacky Palestinians blew-up a convoy of Americans trying to give them scholarships. I understand the point of having the world's best and brightest studying in the US and bringing that knowledge back but If some of those countries don't want our help. Egypt takes $2 billion of our tax dollars to spew hatred and lies about us. The whole State Dept has got to be overhauled.
31 posted on 11/10/2003 8:57:58 PM PST by pragmatic_asian
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To: Semper Paratus; NautiNurse
I'm starting to believe that Al-Queda can only be effective with a 'home-court advantage'.

Worth saying again--our intel nailed this threat with dead reckoning. Godspeed with our safety forward.

It's refreshing to see more posters noticing what I have noticed for some time now.

Dubya' has taken the fight to their home turf, with a lot of the reason for it due to the "Homeland Security Act".

32 posted on 11/10/2003 10:25:59 PM PST by EGPWS
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