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  • U.S. Embassy In Yemen Evacuated, U.K. Closing

    08/06/2013 5:26:08 AM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies
    WITN.com ^ | 8/6/2013
    A statement issued Tuesday says the department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks." The travel warning says U.S. citizens currently in Yemen should depart and calls the security threat level in Yemen "extremely high." A U.S. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat told The Associated Press that the current shutdown was instigated by an intercepted secret message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack. Britain's Foreign Office says it has evacuated all staff from its embassy in...
  • Europe urges citizens to leave Libya's Benghazi

    01/24/2013 10:44:34 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Mohammed Abbas
    (Reuters) - Britain urged its nationals to leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, citing a "specific and imminent" threat to Westerners days after a deadly attack by Islamist militants in neighbouring Algeria. Britain's Foreign Office declined to give details of the nature of the threat, but has warned in the past of the long reach of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African wing of al Qaeda. At least 38 hostages were killed in an attack on the remote In Amenas gas complex in Algeria, about 100 kms (60 miles) from the Libyan border. French...
  • Embassy official ‘confesses’ UK role in [Iran] riots

    08/08/2009 5:42:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 433+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/9/2009 | Jon Swain
    BRITAIN’S fraught relations with Iran suffered a further setback yesterday when a local member of its embassy staff on trial in Tehran “confessed” to espionage. He said Britain had provided financial assistance to Iran’s reformists to undermine the hardline clerical regime during June’s disputed presidential elections. Hossein Rassam, a political analyst with the embassy, said a budget of £300,000 had been allocated by the embassy to establish contacts with political groups, individuals and activists. He said he had personally made contact before the election with the campaign headquarters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the pro-reform candidate who claims he was robbed...
  • Show trial fears for British Embassy staff in Iran

    07/04/2009 8:56:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies · 334+ views
    Scottish Daily Record ^ | July 4, 2009 | Joe Churcher
    BRITAIN'S row with Iran deepened last night after the Tehran government threatened to put British Embassy staff on trial. The Muslim clerics who call the shots in Iran accuse local workers at the embassy of fanning the anti-government protests which followed last month's disputed election. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he was urgently trying to speak to his counterpart in Tehran over the legal threat to the staff. Earlier, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of Iran's powerful Guardian Council, claimed embassy workers had confessed to involvement in the protests. Jannati said: "In these events, their embassy had a presence. "Some people...
  • British Embassy Staff To Be Tried: Iranian cleric

    07/03/2009 3:57:21 AM PDT · by Son House · 12 replies · 1,026+ views
    The Khaleej Times Online ^ | 3 July 2009 | Khaleej Times Online
    A top Iranian cleric says some of the detained Iranian staffers of the British Embassy in Tehran will be put on trial. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who is close to Iran’s supreme leader, has made the announcement in a Friday prayer sermon. He says the detained staffers “made confessions.” Jannati does not say how many staffers will be tried or on what charges. Earlier Iranian officials said all but one of the eight embassy personnel arrested on June 27 had been released, but European Union officials said they believed more than one was still being held. Jannati is the head of...
  • Iran frees 5 arrested British embassy staff

    06/29/2009 8:59:27 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 247+ views
    Times of India ^ | 6/29/2009
    TEHRAN: Iran said on Monday it has freed five of the local British embassy staff it arrested on accusations of stoking post-election unrest, a move that further threatened tense ties with London. "Eight people were arrested. Five were freed and three are still being interrogated," ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said at a press conference in Tehran. Earlier English-language state television Press TV had spoken of a total of nine arrests. Ghashghavi also said that Iran, which has accused Western nations particularly Britain and the United States of "meddling," has no current plans to close embassies or downgrade diplomatic ties with...
  • Miliband rebukes Iran after arrest of [9] British embassy employees (Iran takes Hostages)

    06/28/2009 10:20:34 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 47 replies · 3,706+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 06/28/09 | Damien McElroy
    "David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, has issued a sharp rebuke to Iran after the arrests, which are part of a campaign by the clerical regime in Iran against what it has portrayed as foreign interference in its politics. The employees were arrested on suspicion of playing a role in the demonstrations that followed Iran's disputed presidential election. Those demonstrations, which saw calls for a re-run amid allegations of widespread vote rigging, have now largely fizzled out after a crackdown by regime." "Fars, a semi-official Iranian news agency, first announced the arrests and said the staff had helped foment protests against...
  • Iran arrests UK embassy staff for role in riots

    06/29/2009 12:01:28 AM PDT · by DTAD · 7 replies · 735+ views
    Iran has arrested eight local British embassy staff, triggering London's fury and further exacerbating tensions with the West over the post-election turmoil in the Islamic republic. The latest backlash against what Iranian leaders have branded as foreign "meddling" came as opposition leaders continued to defy the regime, rejecting a panel set up to hold a partial recount in the hotly-disputed presidential vote.
  • EU Unites Against UK Embassy Arrests

    06/28/2009 3:23:53 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 10 replies · 907+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Last updated: June 28 2009 19:37 | By James Blitz in London and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran
    The European Union’s 27 nations on Sunday joined forces to condemn Iran’s detention of British embassy staff in Tehran,as tensions escalated between Iran and the west in the wake of the disputed elections. After Iran arrested nine local employees working at the UK embassy in Tehran, EU foreign ministers meeting in Corfu said they would respond firmly to any further “harassment or intimidation [by Iran] of foreign or Iranian staff working in embassies”. David Miliband, Britain’s foreign secretary, said he was “deeply concerned” by the arrests and warned their continued detention was “quite unacceptable’’.The seriousness of the diplomatic stand-off was...
  • Iran 'Must Free UK Embassy Staff' [To Be Met With "Strong And Collective" Response": Such As?]

    06/28/2009 4:11:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies · 791+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 28, 2009
    Iran 'must free UK embassy staff' David Miliband: "Harassment and intimidation" The European Union has demanded the immediate release of Iranian staff at Britain's embassy in Tehran detained on Saturday over post-election unrest. EU ministers meeting in Greece warned that "harassment or intimidation" of embassy staff would be met with a "strong and collective" response. Iranian media reported the detention of eight local staff at the UK mission over their alleged role in the unrest. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband dismissed the allegations as baseless. Relations between the countries are strained since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the UK of stoking...
  • EU to counter Iran's "harassment" of embassy staff

    06/28/2009 12:10:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 963+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:51pm IST | Dina Kyriakidou and David Brunnstrom
    CORFU, Greece (Reuters) - The European Union on Sunday condemned Iran's crackdown on post-election protesters and said the EU would meet any Iranian intimidation of European diplomatic staff with a "strong and collective response". Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country takes over the EU presidency from Wednesday, said the Iranian government had been weakened at home and abroad. "Obviously the regime is trying to preserve its position by very harsh repression. But that cannot hide the fact that this is a weakened regime. It has lost legitimacy both internally and externally," Bildt said. EU foreign ministers were meeting on...
  • Iran Sparks New Row with Britain Over Election

    06/28/2009 2:32:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 536+ views
    Malaysia Star ^ | Monday June 29, 2009 | Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has detained several local British embassy staff, sparking a new row with Britain on Sunday that underscored the hardline leadership's effort to blame post-election unrest on foreign powers, not popular anger. EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian police stand guard during an anti-Britain protest in front of the British embassy in Tehran June 23, 2009. (REUTERS/Fars News/Files) British Foreign Secretary David Miliband demanded the release of all the staff still held and said his European Union colleagues had agreed to a...
  • Iran Detains U.K. Embassy Workers

    06/28/2009 10:42:48 AM PDT · by FromLori · 2 replies · 231+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/28/09
    Iran arrested nine local employees of the British Embassy in Tehran Saturday, drawing a terse response from the U.K. government and signaling an escalation of tensions between two countries with a history of difficult relations. AFP/Getty Images Iranian riot policemen stood guard outside the British embassy in Tehran on June 15, 2009. Iranian media reported the arrests on Sunday, saying the employees had been detained for allegedly playing a role in post-election demonstrations in Tehran. Speaking Sunday during a visit to Greece, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said some of the nine who were arrested have been released, though he...
  • Iran 'must free UK embassy staff' (or else?)

    06/28/2009 9:11:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies · 646+ views
    bbc ^ | 6/29/2009 | bbc
    The European Union has demanded the immediate release of Iranian staff at Britain's embassy in Tehran detained on Saturday over post-election unrest. EU ministers meeting in Greece warned that "harassment or intimidation" of embassy staff would be met with a "strong and collective" response. Iranian media reported that eight local staff at the UK mission had been held for their role in the recent riots. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband dismissed the allegations as baseless. Relations between the countries are strained after President Ahmadinejad accused the UK of stoking post-election protests, which London denies. Iran has repeatedly accused foreign powers...
  • Iran detains some local staff at British Embassy

    06/28/2009 7:53:43 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 449+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 06/28/2009 | KARIN LAUB
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Iranian authorities have barred journalists for international news organizations from reporting on the streets and ordered them to stay in their offices. (snip) Iranian authorities have detained several local employees of the British Embassy in Tehran, a move that Britain's foreign secretary Sunday called "harassment and intimidation" and reflected a hardening of the regime's stance toward the West. Iranian media said eight local embassy staff were detained for an alleged role in postelection protests, but gave no further details. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said "about nine" employees were detained Saturday and that four had been released. The...
  • Britain demands release of nine Tehran embassy staff

    06/28/2009 6:41:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 1,607+ views
    The Times UK ^ | June 28, 2009 | Jenny Booth and Sophie Tedmanson
    Britain today condemned the arrest of nine employees of the British embassy in Tehran and demanded their immediate release. An Iranian news agency reported this morning that the Iranian workers had been detained for involvement in the post-election unrest in the Islamic Republic. The arrests follow a week of escalating rhetoric against Britain, which was accused by the Iranian foreign minister of flying in jet-loads of spies to disrupt Iran's presidential elections on July 12. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, denied that the mission had been involved in any post-election unrest and called for the release of the embassy staff....
  • Britain expels Iranian diplomats in tit-for-tat row

    06/23/2009 3:34:29 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 8 replies · 397+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 06/23/09 | Damien McElroy
    Members of the Iranian embassy in London have been ordered to return home in response to the expulsion of members of the diplomatic service in Tehran on Monday. Britain has been subjected to an increasingly lurid series of allegations from Iran since riots broke out in the wake of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hardline president, earlier this month.
  • Britain expels two Iranian diplomats in tit-for-tat moven

    06/23/2009 8:08:44 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 7 replies · 347+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 23 June 2009 16.00 BST
    Britain today ordered the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats in a retaliatory move that followed the expulsion of two British diplomats from Tehran yesterday. Announcing the expulsions to parliament, the prime minister, Gordon Brown, said the Iranian action had been "unjustified".
  • Basij to March on British Embassy Tuesday; Threaten Repeat of American Embassy Takeover

    06/22/2009 8:35:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies · 6,803+ views
    Monday, June 22, 2009 | Kristinn
    The government of Iran is turning up the heat on the British government, with a 'protest' led by Basij militia being planned for Tuesday afternoon at the British embassy in Tehran.A 'student leader' has been quoted by name threatening a repeat of the 1979 takeover and hostage-taking at the American embassy that lasted 444 days.The British government has started to evacuate family members of its diplomatic staff and the Iranian foreign minister has hinted at expelling the British ambassador.From WashingtonTV (translated from Persian):the news network of the Islamic Republic’s Voice and Vision Organization [state-owned radio and television] reports that some...
  • Britain evacuates embassy families from Tehran as anti-UK feeling grows in Iran

    06/22/2009 6:13:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 342+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/22/2009 | Damien McElroy
    Britain has begun evacuating the families of diplomats based in Tehran after pro-regime student leaders made plans to march on the embassy on Tuesday. Previous demonstrations outside the British embassy have led to violent attacks on the mission in which grenades have been thrown. The order to withdraw, which does not yet apply to embassy staff, also came as Iranian officials threatened to sever ties with the UK. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The ongoing violence has also had a significant impact on the families of our staff who have been unable to carry on their lives as normal. "As...
  • Britain evacuating families of staff in Iran

    06/22/2009 4:43:19 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies · 928+ views
    AP-Google ^ | 06.22.09 | By DAVID STRINGER
    Britain's Foreign Office said Monday it was evacuating the families of staff based in Iran amid continued violence in the wake of the country's disputed election. The decision came after repeated criticism of Britain by Iranian leaders, and an increasingly tense atmosphere following angry clashes between demonstrators and security officials. Staff will remain in Iran for now, and the Foreign Office confirmed that it was not advising other British nationals to leave. However, it said officials are monitoring the situation with the utmost vigilance. "The families of our staff have been unable to carry out their lives as usual. As...
  • ISRAEL CALLS GAZANS TO WARN THEM TO FLEE FOR SAFETY

    12/30/2008 2:31:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 75 replies · 2,242+ views
    THE AUSTRALIAN via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | December 30, 2008 | n/a
    RESIDENTS at certain addresses in the Gaza Strip have been receiving unusual phone calls since the Israeli air assault began on Saturday - a request that they and their families leave their homes as soon as possible for their own safety.
  • British Embassy stormed in Iran

    12/30/2008 1:18:00 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 116 replies · 9,692+ views
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  • British consulate in Yemen threatened after car bomb kills 16 outside U.S. embassy

    09/17/2008 4:13:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 1 replies · 212+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | September 17, 2008
    The British embassy in Yemen has been threatened with attack after 16 people died when a car bomb exploded outside the American embassy this morning. The heavily-fortified compound was on fire after the two explosions. Heavy gunfire was also heard and smoke seen rising from the compound, witnesses said. A Yemeni security source said 16 people including six attackers died in the attack. Four were bystanders. A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen took credibility for the attack. It also threatened that it would target the British, Saudi and Emirati missions in the Yemeni capital, according to a statement...
  • British embassy: No settlers at events

    08/06/2008 5:07:56 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 174+ views
    JTA ^ | 08/06/2008 | Staff
    Israeli settlers will no longer be invited to events at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv. Crispin Blunt, a member of the British Parliament who is closely involved with Arab lobby groups, had complained after finding out that three leaders of the settlers' movement were among the guests at a party to mark the 82nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Blunt, a longtime supporter of the Arab and Palestinian causes, raised the issue in Parliament last month and in a letter to Dr. Kim Howell, the minister at the British Foreign Office. Blunt wrote that the invitation gives the impression...
  • Terrorists' suicide attack on British embassy plot foiled

    09/09/2007 9:06:50 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 13 replies · 464+ views
    Terrorists' suicide attack on British embassy plot foiled By JASON LEWIS - More by this author » Last updated at 23:32pm on 8th September 2007 Terrorists plotting a suicide attack against the British Embassy in Denmark were rounded up last week as they put the finishing touches to a devastating bomb. The men are believed to be the remnants of the so-called "007" terror network, co-ordinated by London based Islamic militants using a series of secret internet sites. Senior intelligence sources say the group planned to target Western embassies in Copenhagen with the British and American missions at the top...
  • Attack On British Embassy In Sudan Foiled

    08/20/2007 8:04:38 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 479+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-21-2007 | David Blair
    Attack on British embassy in Sudan foiled By David Blair, Diplomatic Correspondent Last Updated: 3:58am BST 21/08/2007 Britain's embassy in Sudan was closed yesterday and expatriates warned to be on their guard after security forces foiled a plot to attack the heavily-guarded building in Khartoum. Eight Sudanese men were arrested in connection with the planned attack. Three stocks of explosives and grenades were uncovered in Khartoum. A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that the embassy was the group's proposed target. Attacks on the American and French embassies and the office of the United Nations envoy in Sudan are also believed to...
  • Explosion strikes outside UK embassy in Chile

    07/15/2007 11:11:44 PM PDT · by james500 · 6 replies · 386+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:49AM EDT
    An explosion struck on Monday outside the British embassy in the Chilean capital of Santiago, causing minor damage to the building, a Foreign Office spokesman said. The spokesman said there were no reports of casualties so far and that an investigation was under way.
  • UK embassy: Man threatens suicide

    08/31/2006 6:19:39 AM PDT · by Alouette · 15 replies · 467+ views
    YNet ^ | Aug. 31, 2006 | Avi Cohen
    Man enters British embassy with gun pointed at own head, threatens suicide unless he is granted asylum. Eye witness: Police have deployed all around the embassy, area is closed Large police forces have been dispatched to the British embassy in Tel Aviv, where a man is threatening to commit suicide. At around 2:45 p.m. embassy employees reported that an Arab-speaking man jumped over the embassy’s fence and entered the building with a gun pointed to his own head. Apparently the man is requesting asylum. Israel police are not able to enter the embassy compound at this stage, which is considered...
  • Iranians Hurl Firebombs at British Embassy

    02/26/2006 5:56:14 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 36 replies · 1,364+ views
    Brocktown News ^ | February 26 2006
    Several hundred hard-line students threw stones and firebombs at the British Embassy in Tehran on Sunday, blaming Britain and the United States for the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Iraq . Nearly 1,000 students gathered outside the embassy in the morning and held a peaceful protest, chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Britain" and blaming the two countries in Wednesday‘s bombing of the shrine in the Iraqi town of Samarra. But some Shiites across the Mideast have directed their anger at the U.S. military presence in Iraq, saying they failed to provide security. Britain has troops in the...
  • Prince Andrew Honors U.S. Navy Captain (OBE)

    02/01/2006 3:22:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 607+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class (AW/SW) Carolla Bennett
    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- England’s Prince Andrew awarded Capt. John Peterson the Honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) during an investiture ceremony Jan. 25 at the British Embassy in Manama, Bahrain. Peterson, chief of staff for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, was given the prestigious award for his leadership of coalition forces, which included a large number of Royal Navy sailors and marines, in the campaign to secure Iraqi oil assets during the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Prince Andrew, who is the Duke of York, knight commander and aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth II, congratulated Peterson...
  • Britain closes embassy in Jordan, fears attacks

    01/07/2006 8:12:25 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 1 replies · 270+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 07, 2006
    Britain closed its embassy in Jordan on Saturday because of fears of attacks on Westerners there, the Foreign Office said. The move comes two months after triple suicide bomb attacks on luxury hotels in Amman killed more than 50 people. Al Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility. Last August, Syrian militants linked to Zarqawi were accused by Jordan of being behind a failed rocket attack on U.S. warships in the Red Sea port of Aqaba. Officials say Islamist militants are seeking to destabilize Jordan because of its pro-western stance. Britain is a prime target for...
  • Iran’s militant students threaten to seize British embassy

    11/02/2005 4:53:26 AM PST · by Jalapeno · 15 replies · 576+ views
    Iran’s militant students threaten to seize British embassy Tue. 1 Nov 2005 Tehran, Iran, Nov. 01 – The Association of Union of Islamic Students of Iranian Universities, a government-organised body, warned the British government on Tuesday to “stop your evil mischief against the Islamic Revolution, or face the consequences, like the seizure of the den of U.S. spies”, a menacing reference to the 1979 occupation of the United States embassy in Tehran by Islamist militants. In a statement commemorating the anniversary of the November 4, 1979, takeover of the U.S. embassy and the subsequent 444-day hostage crisis, the Islamist students...
  • Iranians mob UK embassy

    09/28/2005 5:17:00 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 58 replies · 1,437+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 29 September 2005
    SCORES of protesters incensed by European Union moves to send Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council hurled stones and smoke bombs over the walls of the British embassy compound in Tehran overnight. The violence, easily contained by riot police, coincided with a vote by lawmakers to speed discussion of a bill that would force the government to scale back its cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog, state media reported. The bill to limit the scope of nuclear inspections is in retaliation for a resolution approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors last week recommending...
  • Students gather outside UK embassy (Iran)

    08/14/2005 8:08:06 AM PDT · by Hadean · 9 replies · 336+ views
    Tehran, Aug 14 - Iranian students gathered outside UK embassy on Sunday afternoon to defend Iran's right to acquire peaceful nuclear technology. The meeting was held in protest to a resolution issued at IAEA board of governors, calling on Iran to suspend activities at Isfahan-based UCF centre, a day after the agency gave a go-ahead to Iran to remove the seals and resume activities at the facility. In their final statement, the students called on the MPs, the new government and the whole system to proceed with the activities, and pressed on reopening other nuclear projects currenly frozen. Protesters also...
  • Pictures of the Bahraini candlelight vigil at the British embassy

    07/11/2005 6:14:35 AM PDT · by murdocj · 210+ views
    Murdoc Online ^ | 07/10/2005 | Murdoc
    This vigil may have been small and localized, but that's how big things start. We need to see more of this. When we do see it, we need to make sure people know about it. The anti-American demonstrations always get top billing. Let's see if we can't register on the radar with some of this noise.
  • British Embassy Address for E-mail Support

    07/08/2005 6:53:50 AM PDT · by FOXFANVOX · 274+ views
    A web site address for E-mailing the British Embassy in Washington.
  • Sympathy for Victims of London Terrorist Attacks Shown at British Embassies Around the World

    07/07/2005 2:31:35 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies · 962+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/7/2005 | n/a
    A woman lights candles in front of the British Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, July 7, 2005 as Poles show their solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks in London. A string of rush-hour explosions blamed on Islamic terrorists tore into at least three London subway trains and a double-decker bus on Thursday, killing more than 33 people and injuring about 390. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) People light candles in front of the British Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, July 7, 2005 as Poles show their solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks in London. A string of rush-hour explosions blamed...
  • The official web site of the British Embassy in the USA

    07/07/2005 11:35:48 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies · 957+ views
    You can send a message of support here.
  • SAS Ordered Into Saudia Arabia To Shield Embassy

    06/22/2004 7:05:05 PM PDT · by blam · 102 replies · 978+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-23-2004 | Michael Smith
    SAS ordered into Saudi Arabia to shield embassy By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 23/06/2004) A 25-man SAS team has been sent to Saudi Arabia to bolster security at the British embassy and plan a possible mass evacuation of foreigners, defence sources said last night. The squad is backed by many more special forces troopers in neighbouring Qatar. This force would be summoned if the 20,000 British citizens in Saudi had to be withdrawn in a hurry. The members of the SAS team are counter-revolutionary warfare specialists and were deployed last week. The larger SAS force has been given diplomatic...
  • Protesters Hurl Petrol Bombs at UK Embassy in Iran

    05/21/2004 7:30:09 AM PDT · by knak · 3 replies · 148+ views
    reuters ^ | 5/21/04
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs and stones at the British embassy in Tehran for the third time in less than a week on Friday to protest the presence of Western forces in Iraq, witnesses said. The petrol bombs landed outside the embassy, which has become the focal point for anti-war protests in Iran in recent days, the witnesses said. A crowd of about 500 protesters gathered outside the embassy after tens of thousands -- chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Britain" -- earlier took part in a state-sponsored nationwide rally against the occupation of Iraq, witnesses said....
  • UK: 'Threat' shuts embassy in Peru

    12/30/2003 6:55:19 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 121+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-30-03
    <p>LONDON, England (AP) -- Britain says it has closed its embassy in the Peruvian capital of Lima for two days because of security concerns.</p> <p>The Foreign Office said the embassy would close Tuesday and Wednesday because of a "reported threat." It said that the embassy would also close Thursday for New Year's Day and that the situation would be reviewed afterward.</p>
  • Yemen foils embassy terror plot

    12/12/2003 7:58:37 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 110+ views
    The BBC ^ | December 13, 2003
    The embassy in Yemen has been reinforced by concrete blocks The BBC has learned of a foiled al-Qaeda plot to blow up the British embassy in Yemen, weeks before the bombings in Istanbul. Twenty militants confessed to planning to crash a truck bomb through the embassy gates in Sanaa, BBC Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports. Security officials say they were receiving instructions from al-Qaeda operatives in Iran. The British Consulate in Istanbul was destroyed in a bomb attack last month. The BBC's Frank Gardner visited the Yemeni capital Sanaa for the Ten O'Clock News. He visited a government checkpoint...
  • Britain closes Bulgarian embassy

    11/27/2003 10:49:15 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 196+ views
    The Times of India ^ | November 27 2003 | Reuters
    LONDON : Britain closed its embassy in Bulgaria for security reasons on Thursday, a week after suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in attacks on British interests in neighbouring Turkey . A Foreign Office spokesman said the embassy in the capital Sofia would initially remain shut for 24 hours, but would not give details of the security threat. "It will be closed for one day and we will be assessing the situation during the day," the spokesman said. "We are taking a precaution as a result of information received." Bombers in Istanbul attacked the British consulate and the offices...
  • Fire bomb thrown at UK Iran embassy

    11/21/2003 10:01:56 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 1 replies · 126+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri 21 November, 2003 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - A fire bomb has been thrown at the British embassy compound in central Tehran, but no one was hurt and little damage caused, a British diplomat told Reuters. The attack, which follows bombings on British targets in Istanbul on Thursday that killed 27 people, was not preceded by any warnings nor was there any immediate claim of responsibility. "We're in touch with the Iranian authorities and we're reviewing our security arrangements," the British diplomat said on Friday.
  • World alert on 'cars of death' terror attacks

    11/21/2003 6:08:45 PM PST · by TexKat · 100 replies · 455+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/21/03 | Luke Harding and Helena Smith in Istanbul, Owen Bowcott and Giles Foden
    The heightened threat of suicide bombings was last night forcing UK embassies around the world to re-evaluate their defences against what an al-Qaida statement described as its "cars of death". The explicit warning of fresh "martyrdom operations" was published as police in Istanbul detained seven suspects in connection with the devastating blasts at the British consulate and the HSBC bank. All are understood to be Turkish passport holders. Two of them, tentatively identified by the Turkish media as Azad Ekinci and Feridun Ugurlu, were close friends of Mesut Cabuk and Gokhan Elaltuntas, the men who carried out the suicide bombings...
  • Britons On Worldwide Bomb Alert

    11/21/2003 7:00:32 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 147+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-22-2003 | Anton La Guardia
    Britons on worldwide bomb alert By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 22/11/2003) Defences were being strengthened at British embassies around the world last night as the Foreign Office ordered dozens of missions to review security after the Istanbul bombings. Barriers were erected, roads were closed and police patrols were stepped up around missions in Berlin, Athens and Paris. "Sir John Stevens: 'imminent attack in London' At the same time many embassies, particularly those in Muslim countries, received urgent instructions - marked "DESKBY", the second highest priority after "FLASH" - telling them to re-examine their protective measures. As Jack Straw,...
  • Shots near British embassy staff compound in Iran

    11/17/2003 5:49:24 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 3 replies · 187+ views
    Shots near British embassy staff compound in Iran 15 Sep 2003 04:59:39 GMT TEHRAN, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Shots were fired opposite the main gate of the residential compound of the British Embassy in Iran, but nobody was hurt, a British diplomat said on Monday. Britain protested "strongly" to Iran last week after the second of two drive-by shootings around the British embassy in Tehran in under a week. The latest shooting took place on Sunday, British diplomat Andrew Greenstock told Reuters. "There were witnesses. It seems to be two men on a bike again," Greenstock said.
  • Britain Rebukes Iran Over Embassy Gunfire

    11/16/2003 10:17:14 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 163+ views
    Britain Rebukes Iran Over Embassy Gunfire September 09, 2003 The Guardian Staff and Agencies Britain "protested strongly" to Iran today for not protecting its embassy in Tehran, after shots were fired at the building for the second time in a week. Diplomats said three or four shots were fired at the embassy overnight. In a similar incident last Wednesday, the embassy was temporarily closed after shots were fired from a passing motorbike. "We've protested strongly to the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs that security precautions taken by the Iranian authorities after last week's shooting did not prevent this further incident,"...
  • The Mullahs' Shock

    11/15/2003 6:30:08 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 113+ views
    The Mullahs' Shock September 07, 2003 New York Post Amir Taheri Until just a few weeks ago, Iran and Britain, having completed a diplomatic honeymoon, appeared to be destined for a mutually enjoyable partnership. On Tuesday, however, the British government, having recalled its ambassador Richard Dalton, announced the "temporary closure" of its embassy in Tehran. The decision came hours after shots had been fired at the embassy building in the center of the Iranian capital. Asked who might have been responsible, the Iranian authorities said they did not know. But this seems hardly credible -since hundreds of people, including more...