Strong words of warning from the US embassy

Here’s the email that just got sent out to us expats:

The U.S. Government remains deeply concerned about the security of U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens are cautioned to maintain a high level of vigilance, to remain alert and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This worldwide caution expires on February 10, 2004. With the second anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks upon us, we are seeing increasing indications that Al-Qaida is preparing to strike U.S. interests abroad. Looking at the last few months, Al-Qaida and its associated organizations have struck in the Middle East in Riyadh, in North Africa in Casablanca, and in East Asia in Indonesia. We therefore assess that European or Eurasian locations could be venues for the next round of attacks, possibly to closely coincide with the anniversary of the September 11 attack. We expect Al-Qaida will strive for new attacks that will be more devastating than the September 11 attack, possibly involving non-conventional weapons such as chemical or biological agents. We also cannot rule out the potential for Al-Qaida to attempt a second catastrophic attack within the United States. Terrorist actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations, hijackings, bombings or kidnappings. These may also involve commercial aircraft and threats to include conventional weapons, such as explosive devices. Terrorists do not distinguish between official and civilian targets.

Really scary.

The Discussion: One Comment

That’s a little scary, considering that I’m heading off to work in Europe this year. But there’s no point in living life in fear, because we’re all going to die at some point. So why not make the most of our lives right now?

September 11, 2003 @ 10:37 pm | Comment

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