Travel Warnings Stem From Unusually Specific Threat
Affiliate of al-Qaeda reportedly in 'final stages' of planning attack on US interests
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – The State Department's unusually strong warnings this week about a possible terror threat—it announced that 21 US embassies would be closed tomorrow and followed that up with a global travel alert for Americans—came after authorities intercepted communications among what the New York Times calls "senior operatives" of al-Qaeda, a rarity. And this was apparently no idle chatter: CNN reports that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was in the "final stages of planning for an unspecified attack," with particular concern about the US embassy in Yemen between today and Tuesday. The timing dovetails with the end of Ramadan.

“There is a significant threat stream and we’re reacting to it,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells ABC News for its This Week program. He says it is “more specific” than usual, though the exact target is unspecified. “The intent is to attack Western, not just US interests." Rep. Peter King made a similar point to CNN: The information is "the most specific I've seen," he says, adding, "We are focused on the Middle East, but it's a potential series of attacks that really could be almost anyplace."

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Bartmaeus
Aug 4, 2013 6:30 AM CDT
The threat: Benghazigate.
K.KRANK
Aug 4, 2013 2:39 AM CDT
Al Qaeda has interesting timing. All the recent bad publicity about the 4th Amendment violating NSA program courtesy of Edward Snowden & suddenly Al Qaeda comes up with a scary plot to do something to our embassies overseas, hmm. And we know this b/c of all the eavesdropping the NSA is doing here on us, or, on foreign communications overseas? 'Cuz I'm sure the Muslim dude I spoke with at the Wienerschnitzel I bought a corn dog from yesterday *wasn't* the guy who tipped off the NSA about any upcoming overseas embassy terror plots against us (lol)
Pandabearandfriend
Aug 3, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
At a UN meeting in the sixties (?), Madeline Albright said that terror would be the only thing that could bring in the "New World Order". There are many steps that must be taken to do that because it can't be done overnight. Freedom can't be taken away suddenly, it must be taken in small steps, and that is what is happening in the name of security. Who are the terrorists? Some invisible group that no one knows who and where they are? al-Qaida is the boogyman. If our government knows that Islamists are the ones attacking us, then why do they let millions of Islamists immigrate to our country. Now, Obama wants to let millions of Syrian Islamists into this country as refugees. Mighty convenient to let the overflow of all the quarrelling Islamic countries come here, while we are supposedly fighting them over there. Giving the Muslim Brotherhood free reign to the Whitehouse and sending money hand over fist to Arab countries in the name of freedom. Our government knows that Islam is dangerous; that is what the War of Tripoli was about. Our soldiers coming home blown to pieces and we see absolutely no difference since this all began. It is smoke and mirrors; an illusion.