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  • Nearly two years after Benghazi, American embassy in Libya’s capital falls to Islamists

    09/01/2014 8:29:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Nearly two years ago today, on September 11, 2012, four Americans were killed in a coordinated and sophisticated attack on an American diplomatic consulate and a nearby CIA outpost in Benghazi, Libya. But you’re not supposed to talk about that. At least not within the context of today’s news; that the Islamist militia, which recently sacked the country’s capital, have also taken control of portions of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli. Amid turmoil in Libya in late July, the United States suspended operations at the Tripoli-based diplomatic facility and evacuated American personnel to nearby Tunisia. “Due to the ongoing...
  • 'The Dawn of Libya' Islamist Militia Storms US Embassy Compound In Tripoli [

    08/31/2014 9:53:04 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK)a ^ | August 31, 2014
    'The Dawn of Libya' Islamist Militia Storms US Embassy Compound In Tripoli Footage reportedly taken inside the compound shows men gathered around the embassy swimming pool, with some even jumping in An official claims the compound is being 'safeguarded' and was not 'ransacked' The compound has been unoccupied since July 26 when U.S. diplomats evacuated to neighboring Tunisia under a U.S. military escort It comes near the two-year anniversary of the death of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi 31 August 2014 An Islamist-allied militia group says it has 'secured' a U.S. Embassy...
  • Obama using Americans in Iraq as ‘collateral’ to maintain Dem support for airstrikes?

    08/12/2014 7:58:26 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 12,2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    A grotesque accusation surfaced in the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday. It is an unconfirmed claim, and is so repulsive that the source of this assertion refused to reveal his or her identity to WFB’s Adam Kredo. It is, nevertheless, conceivable that, as this source claims, President Barack Obama is balking at evacuating American diplomatic personnel from Iraq in order to maintain support among the American left for airstrikes against ISIS targets. “The administration is saying that they’re going to authorize air strikes if ISIS gets close to U.S. personal or stationed personal, which in [our] mind, if there is...
  • U.S. Relocates 'Limited Number' of Staff in Iraq

    08/10/2014 2:01:20 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10 | Felicia Schwartz
    WASHINGTON—Following a dozen airstrikes from the U.S. military in Northern Iraq this weekend, the U.S. State Department on Sunday relocated "a limited number" of staff from the American embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. consulate in Erbil. The staff from the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil will be transferred to the U.S. consulate in Basrah, Iraq and to Amman, Jordan. The State Department also issued a travel warning for Iraq, cautioning U.S. citizens against nonessential travel to the country, citing the security situation. The U.S. embassy's ability to assist U.S. citizens is limited, the State Department said.
  • Through the looking glass Iraq | At the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, war zone meets wonderland

    08/09/2014 5:14:57 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    World Magazine ^ | August 9, 2014 | Mindy Belz
    To get to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad you first must present proper identifying credentials to pass Iraqi army checkpoints. Then turn through Assassin’s Gate, into what’s now known as the International Zone, or IZ. Nearing the banks of the Tigris, you turn right onto a boulevard, see the first guard tower marking the embassy compound, then drive—and drive—some minutes fronting its fortress-high walls before you reach an entry gate. The embassy—opened in 2009 at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of over $750 million—is the largest diplomatic compound in the world. At 104 acres (that’s 80 football stadiums) it’s about...
  • Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove White House to Airstrikes in Iraq

    08/09/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 8/8/2014 | MARK LANDLER, ALISSA J. RUBIN, MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER
    On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode back to the White House in Mr. Obama’s limousine. The Kurdish capital, Erbil, once an island of pro-American tranquillity, was in the path of rampaging Sunni militants, the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the president. And to the west, the militants had trapped thousands of members of Iraqi minority groups on a barren mountaintop, with dwindling supplies, raising concerns about a potential genocide. With American...
  • Russians Shine Laser Show of Obama ‘Fellating’ Banana on US Embassy in Moscow (Video)

    08/07/2014 5:24:31 AM PDT · by libstripper · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Aug 6, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    This year on Barack Obama’s birthday a group of Russian activists shined a laser show of Obama fellating a banana on the US Embassy in Moscow.hdi is nothing more than a que
  • US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis

    07/30/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Tova Dvorin
    The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security. "Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis." The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and...
  • US Embassy in Libya evacuated amid ‘significant deterioration in security’; President golfs

    07/26/2014 6:37:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7/26/14 | Twitchy Staff
    The United States suspended operations at its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. “Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said. No news on how well the president shot.
  • U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel

    07/26/2014 5:26:08 AM PDT · by McGruff · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | July 26, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of ongoing militia violence in the capital, Tripoli, U.S. officials said. About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines were evacuated from the embassy in the early hours of Saturday morning and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials confirm to CNN.
  • Jordanian TV Host Burns Israeli Flag Live on Air, Demands to Shut Down U.S. Embassy

    07/24/2014 3:52:47 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | july 2014 | 7 Stars TV (Jordan)
    During a recent TV, TV host Zoher Al-Azzeh set light to an Israeli flag and spit on it. He called to shut down the U.S. embassy in Amman, which he called "that espionage den," which has become "a center for spying on Jordan and on the phones of the Jordanians." Following are excerpts from the show, which aired on 7 Stars TV and was posted on the Internet on July 21, 2014. Jordanian commentator Sheik Trad Al-Fayez: The Jordanian foreign minister must expel the Israeli ambassador. I support the expulsion of the Zionist ambassador. Expel the Zionist ambassador from Jordan!...
  • New York Young Republicans Censor Article on Gay Flag Flying At U.S. Embassies

    07/11/2014 11:48:11 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 7 replies
    TCS News ^ | July 12, 2014 | William Michael
    Nevermind for the moment that I have been posting – for the last year or so – sourced, circumstantial evidence that the United States has a dirty deal with Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, and by extension, IS[IS]. Nevermind that I provided sourced evidence that NATO contracts with heroin smugglers for the Taliban, through the Pakistani National Logistics Cell. I was asked by the President of this club to self-censor, and remove the article. I received an email requesting this, but was not near a computer. By the time I got home, at which point I could respond to the...
  • Navy SEAL contractor denied medical treatment by U.S. Embassy medical professionals

    06/30/2014 1:55:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    newsninja2012.com ^ | 6/30/14 | Jai
    Brandon Webb, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and now Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP.com, posted a sobering article today on the failures of the State Department in regards to our former military contractors working overseas. Brandon tells us the story of a CIA paramilitary and former Navy SEAL, Matthew Wojciechowski, who, while on TDY (temporary duty assignment) in ‎the Middle East, endured severe chest pains while on a mission. Instead of the medical professionals at the U.S. Embassy assisting him, they performed a stress test on him, took his vitals and sent him back to work. They denied him further treatment, leaving...
  • Sudanese Christian mom reportedly taking refuge at US embassy

    06/27/2014 6:41:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/27/14 | foxnews.com
    The Sudanese Christian woman who was detained by police a day after her death sentence was lifted is reportedly now taking refuge in the U.S. embassy in Khartoum after receiving death threats from inside the Islamic nation.
  • Baghdad Could Be Benghazi On Steroids

    06/16/2014 6:17:52 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | June 15, 2014
    VIDEO AT LINKSome are saying that Baghdad could be the next Benghazi as a Muslim caliphate is forming in Iraq. Megyn Kelly discusses how the embassy in Baghdad is not being evacuated because of ‘political sensitivity’. See below according to Liberty Unyielding: The first is from Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show on Friday, 13 June. In it, she talks with retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, a Fox military analyst. Peters makes this point: There is a very good chance our embassy will be attacked before Obama does a thing.
  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:46:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-16-2014 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.
  • Iraq Travel Warning

    06/16/2014 12:12:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    US Embassy Baghdad ^ | June 16, 2014 | The Obama Administration
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation. On June 16, the Department of State began relocating some staff members from the Embassy to the Consulates General in Basrah and Erbil and Iraq Support Unit in Amman. The Embassy remains open and is operating. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 11, 2014, to update information on security incidents and to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Iraq, including kidnapping and terrorist violence. The ability of the Embassy to respond to...
  • Iraq Says It's Halted Militant Group's Advance On Baghdad

    06/15/2014 9:35:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | June 15, 2014 | by EYDER PERALTA
    The Iraqi government says it has halted a militant group's advance on Baghdad. As The Telegraph reports, the Iraqi army started engaging the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, after it made a rapid advance in which it captured the key city of Mosul. "'Our security forces have regained the initiative,' said Maj Gen al-Moussawi, adding that the Iraqi army had won 'remarkable victories with the help of volunteers'. 'We will not stop at liberating Mosul from ISIS terrorists, but all other parts,' he continued."
  • Breaking news update! Iraqis shut down internet at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

    06/15/2014 3:51:52 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 325 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 14, 2014 | Susy Raybon
    A three word text was released from inside the Embassy about six hours ago: “Too late Alamo.” That message is open to interpretation. Just minutes ago news came from within the United States Embassy in Baghdad that the Iraqis have shut down internet service for those barricaded inside. Limited text messages via private cell phones are still coming through. It is unknown how many of the more than 5,000 U.S. civilians in Baghdad are actually taking refuge inside the embassy compound. NBC war correspondent, Richard Engel reported last night that civilians in and around Baghdad have boarded up residences and...
  • US evacuates Baghdad embassy as brutal ISIS forces advance ... [Breaking!]

    06/15/2014 3:39:08 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 188 replies
    The Mail Online ^ | Sunday, June 15. 2014 | Michael Zennie and Damien Gayle
    The United States has evacuated most of its personnel from the Embassy in Baghdad and dramatically stepped up security for those who remain as thousands of Islamic fighters bear down on Iraq's capital city. Some 5,500 people work in the massive Embassy complex in the heavily-fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. Many will be airlifted to Amman, Jordan, and others will be sent to consulates in Basra, in the south, and Erbil, in the Kurdish north. Other workers will remain in Baghdad. Some 12,000 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) are marching on Baghdad after quickly...
  • On The Subject of Last Helicopters

    06/13/2014 12:44:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies
    PJ Media/Belmont Club ^ | 6/13/2014 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Although precautionary preparations have been made, the US embassy in Baghdad itself has not been evacuated. “The State Department said in January that it had about 5,000 personnel working at the embassy and at consulates in Basra and Irbil, including 2,000 Americans. Embassy personnel are protected by some 200 Marine Corps security guards.” If the embassy is evacuated, it will leave what is perhaps one of the most lavish and expensive diplomatic facility in history in the hands of al-Qaeda. It contains what is probably a huge intelligence facility. “The 104-acre compound — already its biggest and most expensive in...
  • Breaking: US Security Contractors Engage in Gun Battles to Escape Iraq

    06/12/2014 7:18:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 66 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Washington Post inexplicably buried the lede in Thursday night’s story on U.S. contractors starting evacuations from Iraq. One has to read to the ninth paragraph (out of eleven) to read of the report that U.S. security contractors traversing embattled areas are engaging in gun battles as they try to evacuate other civilian contractors: “Contractor evacuations began Wednesday, if not earlier, said Ginger Cruz, CEO of Mantid International LLC, a consulting firm that works with numerous companies in Iraq… “On Thursday, the electronics giant Siemens was working to get about 50 employees out of Baiji, Cruz said. It was not...
  • US Embassy in Tel Aviv Makes History by Putting Homosexual Flag Under the American Flag

    06/12/2014 8:17:44 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 37 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US Embassy in Tel Aviv Makes History by Putting Homosexual Flag Under the American Flag By Julio Severo “For the first time in history,” said a Facebook post from U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, “the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag.” A photo attached to the social media announcement shows the homosexual flag flying directly beneath the American flag, a bold statement in a primarily Jewish and Muslim part of the world. In spite of its Christian cultural roots, the United States has shunned from defending Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Even...
  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/11/2014 3:38:07 PM PDT · by kristinn · 155 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Sara Carter
    The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is preparing contingency plans to evacuate its employees if necessary now that one of the deadliest Islamic militant groups in the region has taken control of large swaths of Iraq, a U.S. official told TheBlaze. The State Department also warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Iraq, following several days of bloody clashes between insurgents with the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Iraqi military forces. ISIL has taken control of Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah and aims to create an Islamic state across the Iraq-Syria border. The U.S. official told TheBlaze that...
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldn’t defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says

    05/20/2014 2:36:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2014 | Jomana Karadsheh and Barbara Starr
    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The U.S. military has doubled the number of aircraft standing by in Italy if needed to evacuate Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, CNN has learned. A decision to evacuate as violence in the Libyan capital grows is "minute by minute, hour by hour," a defense official told CNN on Monday. Fierce fighting swept across the city Sunday after armed men stormed the country's interim Parliament. Sporadic bursts of gunfire and blasts could still be heard on the outskirts of the capital Monday evening. The violence appeared to be some of the worst since...
  • US Embassy in Venezuela Halts New Visas

    03/24/2014 4:13:51 PM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    US Embassy in Venezuela Halts New Visas US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela Notification March 23, 2014 We regret that as a result of the expulsion of several consular officials and Venezuelan government delays in issuing visas for incoming officers, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas does not have sufficient consular staff at present to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants. Until further notice, we are able to offer such appointments only in emergency situations. If you already have an appointment, please appear at the appointed date and time, because it is unlikely under current staffing conditions that...
  • Mali National Arraigned in 2000 Killing of American Diplomat in Niger

    03/14/2014 1:57:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Adam Goldman
    "Mali national arraigned in 2000 killing of American diplomat in Niger" 

  • Israel arrests Al-Qaida recruits trying to bomb U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv

    01/22/2014 12:21:28 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 35 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 22.01.14 | Amos Harel
    Shin Bet officials announced on Wednesday that they have arrested three Palestinians, two of them East Jerusalem residents with Israeli identification cards, for alleged involvement in an Al-Qaida plan to carry out terror attacks in Israel. The group had planned two simultaneous suicide attacks, the Shin Bet said, one at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem and the other at the United States embassy in Tel Aviv. The three men were arrested on December 25, a gag order on the case lifted Wednesday revealed. A high-ranking Shin Bet official told reporters in Tel Aviv that a member of one of...
  • Israel busts 'global jihad' terror cell planning attacks, including against US Embassy

    01/22/2014 12:53:16 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 22, 2014 | By David Barnett
    Israeli authorities today announced the arrest of three global jihadists who were allegedly preparing to carry out terror attacks after being recruited by an al-Qaeda-linked operative in the Gaza Strip. The three terrorists were identified as Iyad Mahmoud Khalil Abu Sara, Rubin Abu Nagma, and Ala Yasin Mohammed Anam. The arrested Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem area were recruited online and planned to carry out kidnappings and bombings at the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem as well as the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, among other attacks. Israeli authorities kept their counterparts in the "US and elsewhere" updated...
  • Israel foils Al Qaeda plot on US embassy, internal security agency says

    01/22/2014 8:38:35 AM PST · by don-o · 13 replies
    AP - via Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014
    JERUSALEM – Israel's internal security agency says it has foiled an Al Qaeda plan to attack the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and hit other targets in the country.
  • NYT report: No al Qaeda link to Benghazi attack [video was a factor]

    12/29/2013 1:22:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2013 | Peter Sullivan
    A New York Times investigation of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, concluded that al Qaeda did not play a role, but an anti-Muslim video was a factor. Based on interviews with witnesses, the report found that local militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala was the central figure behind attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other Americans. It said the attack was pre-planned, but grew as people angry about the anti-Muslim video, “Innocence of Muslims” poured in spontaneously. The newspaper notes that not only is there no evidence of a link to al Qaeda,...
  • With the failures of Obama, it is time to find a military conflict

    12/23/2013 6:32:57 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 30 replies
    Vanity | December 23, 2013 | Trueblackman
    As most Americans are planning for this week's Christmas Celebration, it seems the Obama Administration has found itself a nice little military conflict to get us involved in with the possible hope of deflecting from the failures that is Obamacare. CBS Evening News tonight reported that more than 120 U.S. troops station in Spain are heading for the African Nation of Djibouti to help with the possible evacuation of U.S. Embassy Personnel from the nation of Southern Sudan, which has been in the grips of a civil war for months now. Last week 4 U.S. Military Personnel were wounded as...
  • ‘US spied on Barak’s home from apartment across the street’

    12/22/2013 10:07:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 22, 2013, 11:41 am | Gavriel Fiske
    This is ‘very grave if true,’ says senior MK, calling it ‘classic espionage’ that Israel would not carry out against the US US intelligence not only spied on then-defense minister Ehud Barak’s offices during 2008-2009, but also maintained an apartment opposite Barak’s primary residence for that purpose, according to a report on Sunday, which came amid new revelations of the extent of US and British intelligence activity against Israel and other allies. In 2007, Israeli intelligence noted that the US government had rented an apartment across the street from Barak’s high-rise apartment in Tel Aviv, and observed “sizable amounts of...
  • US embassy in London unveils huge tapestry of Obama, gushes over his 'warm smile'

    12/16/2013 7:38:44 AM PST · by Gritty · 73 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12/16/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    The newly installed tapestry of President Obama casts a warm smile over guests at an event @USAinUK last night.
  • Liberated US Tourist, Held Captive in North Korea, Declines Ride Home With Joe Biden

    12/07/2013 5:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 7, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Can you blame him? 13 hours on a plane with Joe Biden is not exactly a dream getaway. 85 year-old Merrill Newman, a war veteran, declined a ride home on Air Force Two with Joe Biden. Newman was deported after being detained over his role in special forces operations in the Korean War six decades ago. (Daily Mail) The Daily Mail reported: An 85-year-old U.S. tourist detained in North Korea for six weeks for alleged ‘war crimes’ has landed back in San Francisco after catching a flight from Beijing. North Korean state media said Saturday that Merrill Newman, a war...
  • Ambassador Kennedy Chides China's Move to Create Air Zone

    11/28/2013 1:21:53 PM PST · by bkopto · 32 replies
    WPRO 630 News (ABC) ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | Staff
    The new U.S. ambassador to Japan has weighed in on escalating tensions between China and Japan over the East China Sea. On Wednesday, Caroline Kennedy criticized China's recent move to create its own Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which requires that all aircraft notify Chinese authorities before entering the airspace. "Unilateral actions like those taken by China with their announcement of an East China Sea Air-to-Sea Identification Zone undermines security and constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea. This only serves to increase tension in the region," the ambassador said. The new ADIZ includes...
  • US Shuts Down Vatican Embassy After Striking Deal with Iran

    11/27/2013 8:44:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 129 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    What would you do next if you had successfully brokered a “Neville Chamberlin” style deal with a rogue state that wants to annihilate America and her Middle East allies? Well. . . You’d downgrade diplomatic ties with the Vatican, of course. At least, that’s what you would do if you were working in the Obama White House. The White House has recently announced that they will shut down the US Embassy to the Holy See, and relocate it to a “safer” location on the grounds of the American Embassy in Italy. Officially, the US is explaining the relocation effort as...
  • US Envoy Caroline Kennedy Meets Japan's Emperor

    11/19/2013 4:44:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2013
    US Envoy Caroline Kennedy Meets Japan's Emperor TOKYO November 19, 2013 New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled by horse-drawn carriage into the Imperial Palace to present her credentials to Japan's emperor on Tuesday, giving the public a rare look at a diplomatic tradition. Thousands of onlookers lined the avenues near the moat-ringed palace to snap pictures and wave as Kennedy, the 55-year-old daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, waved back from inside the carriage.
  • Tina Turner formally ‘relinquishes’ U.S. citizenship

    11/12/2013 6:14:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2013 | Al Kamen
    <p>This item just in via an “activity report” from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, headlined “Soul Legend Relinquishes U.S. Citizenship.”</p> <p>“Long-time Swiss resident Tina Turner” was in the embassy Oct. 24 to sign her “Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the INA” — the Immigration and Naturalization Act.</p>
  • American flags burned as 10,000 Iranians protest on US Embassy siege anniversary

    11/05/2013 10:48:14 AM PST · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/4/13 | Ali Arouzi and Alexander Smith
    TEHRAN -- At least 10,000 Iranians protested outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran Monday, burning American flags and effigies of Barack Obama on the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the building. Annual demonstrations take place at the site, marking the date on which activists stormed the embassy 34 years ago and took 52 staff hostage for 444 days -- an act that severed diplomatic ties with the U.S. for more than three decades. But this year’s demonstration was larger than usual, fueled by anger among Iranians at President Hassan Rouhani's recent moves to reopen dialogue with the West....
  • Shutdown undermines embassy protection, U.S. officials say

    10/03/2013 10:53:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | October 03, 2013 | Joby Warrick
    The federal shutdown has disrupted a training program for diplomatic security officers that was ramped up after last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. officials confirmed Thursday. The prolonged closing of a key training facility could mean significant delays in efforts to beef up protection for U.S. diplomats abroad, enhancements that were ordered after an independent review board criticized the State Department for its handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack, officials said. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, a facility operated by the Department of Homeland Security in Glynco, Ga., was shuttered Tuesday due...
  • Terrorist planned attack on U.S. nuclear warhead stockpile

    11/16/2002 9:57:21 PM PST · by Destro · 9 replies · 304+ views
    The Sun-Herald ^ | November 17 2002 | Philip Delves Broughton
    Terrorist planned attack on nuclear warhead stockpile By Philip Delves Broughton November 17 2002 The Sun-Herald An Al Qaeda terrorist has confessed that he planned to drive a giant explosive device into a United States air force bunker in Belgium believed to contain nuclear warheads. News of the plot came as the US warned that a broadcast thought to contain the words of Osama bin Laden foreshadowed a likely attack. The FBI said national landmarks and the aviation, oil and nuclear industries were all possible targets. In an interview with a Belgian radio station, Tunisian Nizar Trabelsi, 31, a former...
  • Venezuelan man who shot two US defence attaches at a strip club jailed

    09/02/2013 11:04:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 08/31/2013 | Reuters
    A Venezuelan man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for shooting and wounding two US military attaches at a strip club in the capital. Carlos Mejias, 32, admitted he shot the US Embassy employees in the early hours of May 28, the attorney general's office said. It said Mejias got into an argument with them at the Antonella 2012 club, better known as "Angelus," in the city's upscale Chacao district. "Later he pulled out a gun and repeatedly fired at the Americans, leaving them wounded at the location," it said in a statement. Five days later, Mejias...
  • Fatal Blast Near U.S. Embassy in Turkey [Media not curious if Obama or Hillary were warned]

    02/01/2013 7:07:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 2/1/13 | Alex Rogers
    ... a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in Ankara, Turkey right outside the U.S. embassy, killing himself and an embassy guard. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the attack happened at 1:13 p.m. local time, and that they were “working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation.”
  • Copts in Egypt being turned away at our embassy.... ~ Vanity

    08/28/2013 3:01:31 PM PDT · by GraceG · 15 replies
    Just heard on the blaze on Glenn Beck's TV show from a Coptic Priest who keeps in contact with the Coptic Pope in Egypt, the US embassies are turning away Copts. Sounds a hell of a LOT like when FDR was turning away Jewish refugees from Europe.
  • Former Amb.: 'Every Chance We'll Lose Aircraft' If U.S. Sends Planes Over Syria

    08/28/2013 12:21:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | 8/28/13 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Ryan Crocker, who was a career diplomat with long experience in the Middle East, and who served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria from 1998 to 2001, says “there’s every chance we’ll lose aircraft” if U.S. planes enter Syrian airspace. During an August 23 National Public Radio (NPR) interview Crocker was asked about possible U.S. military action against Syria. “I was in Lebanon when the Israelis invaded in June of 1982, and the entire Syrian air force was basically just destroyed in a matter of hours because of inadequate air defenses,” said Crocker. “The Syrians learned from that...
  • US withdraws staff from consulate in Lahore, Pakistan,over terror threat

    08/09/2013 4:13:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    The State Department has evacuated non-emergency U.S. government personnel from the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and has warned Americans to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan due to 'specific threats' to that mission, a U.S. official said. In the travel warning issued Thursday night, the State Department advised Americans to defer all nonessential travel to Pakistan. “The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan,” the statement read. “The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Threat reporting indicates terrorist groups continue to seek opportunities...
  • Al-Qaida Plot Distraction Is Too Well-Timed For Obama

    08/06/2013 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 8/6/13 | Editorial
    War On Terror: The way the White House has hyped a supposedly imminent al-Qaida plot, only one thing has to happen for President Obama to come off as a hero: nothing. It smells fishy. It´s not at the level of Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman cinematically fabricating a war with Albania to get the public´s mind off a presidential sex scandal, as in David Mamet´s 1997 black comedy "Wag the Dog," but the indefinite shutdown of 20 U.S. embassies in the Mideast and Africa after the announcement of a for-sure, impending terrorist mega-attack looks suspiciously gift-wrapped and well-timed
  • .U.S. Department of State - Daily Briefing: Aug.06.2013

    08/07/2013 8:24:21 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/6/13 | Milisource
    Watch the video beginning at 11:20 - she can't bring herself to say, "evacuation" since it isn't in her written talking points. The term is "ordered departure" or "reduction in staffing" [mentioned beginning at 4:45] instead.