US Confirms Amman Embassy is Target of Terrorist Threat
By Munir K. Nasser
A State Department official confirmed reports that the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan is a target for terrorist attack.
The official told Albawaba.com that the State Department has information that the US Embassy in Amman is facing a security threat, but said the “full dimensions of the threat are not known at this time.”
He also warned American citizens traveling or residing in Jordan to exercise prudence and urged them to review their security practices and to remain alert to changing situations. He advised them to avoid large crowds and gatherings, and to keep a low profile in time of travel.
The official, who asked to remain anonymous, refused to comment on the source of the threat, and whether it has any links to Saudi militant Osama Bin Laden. He also declined to confirm whether the threat is related to the 16 Arabs currently on trial in a military court in Jordan for planning to carry out terrorist attacks against American and Israeli tourists during New Year's celebrations in Jordan last December. He said the Diplomatic Security Office, and the Counter Terrorism Office at the State Department are mainly responsible for monitoring these various threats.
The official expressed confidence in Jordan’s “demonstrated ability to address security threats,” which he described as “in line with their crackdown on terrorist groups and the arrest of various individuals.”
He stressed that the “US has close relationship with Jordan and their security forces are some of the best and they are trying to assist in protecting the embassy and Americans in Jordan,” he said – Albawaba.com
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