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  1. 1. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/05/politics/us-embassies-close/index.html Page 1 of 4 Sep 22, 2013 04:32:05PM MDT Embassy, consulate closures extendedNew fears of al Qaeda-linked attack Intercepted message led to terror alertInside the threat overseas Prison breaks are among reasons for heightened security By Barbara Starr and Tom Cohen, CNN updated 8:20 AM EDT, Tue August 6, 2013 CNN.com 11 jailbreaks linked to al Qaeda plot? anchors a CNN Special Investigation, 'The Truth about Benghazi', Tuesday at 10 p.m. ETErin Burnett Washington (CNN) -- First the attackers blew up bombs outside a Pakistani prison. Then they scared off people in the area and used loudspeakers to call out specific inmates they were trying to release. Shiite prisoners left inside were killed. "It was a well-planned assault," noted CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, who provided details Monday of the July 30 prison break in northwest Pakistan. Other similar operations in the past two weeks in Iraq and Libya successfully freed hundreds of convicted or suspected Islamic terrorists, a known strategy of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Bergen and other analysts cited the prison breaks as one of several reasons the United States has dramatically heightened its security stance by issuing a worldwide travel alert and closing almost two dozen embassies and consulates on Sunday, with 19 of them remaining shut for the rest of the week. The State Department said the substantial security steps reflect an "abundance of caution" over intelligence information that indicated final planning by al Qaeda in Yemen for possible terrorist attacks on Western targets to coincide with the end of Ramadan this week. 'Do something' An intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives in the last several days further intensified concerns already heightened by increased terrorist chatter detected by intelligence agencies, as well as the prison breaks.
  2. 2. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/05/politics/us-embassies-close/index.html Page 2 of 4 Sep 22, 2013 04:32:05PM MDT A message from al-Zawahiri to his second in command in Yemen told him to "do something," CNN has learned. U.S. and Yemeni officials had already spent weeks watching a rising stream of intelligence about the possibility of a major terrorist attack in Yemen, so the message caused them to fear imminent terrorist action. CNN had the information over the weekend and decided not to report the details about al-Zawahiri's involvement based on U.S. government concerns about the sensitivity of the information. Now that it has been widely reported in other media, including the New York Times and McClatchy, CNN has now decided to report it as well. And U.S. officials cautioned that there may be multiple sources of intelligence, including intercepts of electronic information from phone calls and web postings and the interrogation of couriers or other operatives. Opinion: What's behind timing of terror threat Asked Monday about the prison breaks, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called them "a concern for the international community" that is "separate and apart" from the U.S. concern about the latest specific terrorist threat. Bergen, however, noted that al Qaeda "actually announced a year ago that they were going to do this campaign of releasing prisoners from prison and they conducted something like seven prison assaults -- a couple of which have been quite successful." Prison breaks A senior official with Iraq's interior ministry told CNN on condition of not being identified that top officials of al Qaeda in Iraq, including Adnan Ismail Najim Abdullah al-Dulaimi, escaped from Abu Graib prison during the jailbreak there last month and remains at large. Bergen noted that a 2006 prison break in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, led to the creation of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the terrorist organization's most virulent affiliates. Although the prison breaks are not the main reason for the raised terror threat, said CNN Terrorism Analyst Paul Cruickshank, "it is part of the background music." Prison breaks can often strengthen terrorist groups because "some of these guys are likely to be seasoned operatives," he added. To CNN National Security Contributor Frances Fragos Townsend, the timing of the prison breaks and increased intelligence chatter building up to the end of Ramadan signaled heightened al Qaeda activity that required precautionary steps in response. She noted that in the run-up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, "the government failed to connect dots." "These seem like dots that ought to be connected," said Townsend, a former homeland security and anti-terrorism adviser to the Bush administration. "You can figure out later whether or not you were right."
  3. 3. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/05/politics/us-embassies-close/index.html Page 3 of 4 Sep 22, 2013 04:32:05PM MDT Is rash of brazen prison breaks related? Interpol wants to know Another dot she cited was that al-Zawahiri recently appointed Nasir al Wuhayshi, the Yemeni leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to be the new general manager of the global al Qaeda network. CNN has learned al-Zawahiri's message for action was sent to Wuhayshi. A high-profile attack orchestrated by Wuhayshi would cement the Yemeni's new position in the al Qaeda hierarchy, Townsend said. Yemen is an area of particular concern. Three sources said the United States has information that members of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are in the final stages of planning for an unspecified attack. According to a U.S. official with access to the latest intelligence, Wuhayshi's appointment as a top global al Qaeda figure would almost certainly have required back-and-forth communication between AQAP and al Qaeda central. At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday that while U.S. anti-terrorism efforts had decimated al Qaeda's global leadership and greatly diminished its core in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the threat still posed "has shifted to some of these affiliates, in particular AQAP." Over the weekend, Interpol warned that al Qaeda has been tied to the prison breaks on July 23 in Iraq, on July 26 in Libya and four days later in Pakistan. End of Ramadan Another factor prompting the embassy and consulate closures is the end of Ramadan. Depending on when a new crescent moon is seen, the Muslim holy month could end Wednesday or Thursday. Ramadan's end is celebrated with the Eid al-Fitr festivities -- a three-day holiday in most Muslim countries. The State Department, in announcing its closures, alluded to this, saying that "a number of our embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom and practice for the bulk of the week for the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan." Britain also announced its embassy in Yemen will remain closed through the end of Eid "due to continuing security concerns." Strategic reason Townsend said there could be a strategic reason for shutting down the diplomatic offices. "Once you take targets away, it buys you additional time to try and disrupt, to identify the cell, the operators in country and the region, and work with your partners in the region to try and ... get them in custody or disrupt the plot," she said. "So, some of this operationally is about buying time." List of closures
  4. 4. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/05/politics/us-embassies-close/index.html Page 4 of 4 Sep 22, 2013 04:32:05PM MDT A total of 19 U.S. embassies and consulates will be closed Monday through Saturday. The following 15 were part of the original list: U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt U.S. Consulate Dhahran, Saudi Arabia U.S. Embassy Djibouti, Djibouti U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar U.S. Consulate Dubai, United Arab Emirates U.S. Consulate Jeddah, Saudi Arabia U.S. Embassy Khartoum, Sudan U.S. Embassy Kuwait City, Kuwait U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain U.S. Embassy Muscat, Oman U.S. Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia U.S. Embassy Sanaa, Yemen U.S. Embassy Tripoli, Libya The following four embassies have been added: U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda U.S. Embassy Port Louis, Mauritius CNN's Jill Dougherty, Dana Bash, Hamdi Alkhshali, Chris Lawrence, Evan Perez, Gloria Borger, Jim Acosta, Elise Labott, Mohammed Jamjoom, NuNu Japaridze, Bharati Naik, Karen Smith and Hakim Almasmari contributed to this report.
  5. 5. CUT & PASTED FROM: http://rt.com/news/iraq-abu-prison-escape-430/ Over 500 ‘Al-Qaeda militants’ escape Iraq’s Abu Ghraib in violent break-out Published time: July 22, 2013 15:55 Edited time: July 23, 2013 18:19 AFP Photo / Michael V. May. A manhunt is underway in Iraq for hundreds of convicts, including senior Al-Qaeda terrorists, who broke out of Abu Ghraib prison after a military-style raid to free them, authorities said on Monday. The militant Islamist organization has claimed responsibility for the assaults on Iraq’s Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons, Reuters quoted Al-Qaeda’s statement posted on militant forums. The attacks were allegedly carried out after months of preparations on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is a merger between Al-Qaeda’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq. Between 500 to 1,000 prisoners have escaped as a result of the attack, “most of them were convicted senior members of Al-Qaeda and had received death sentences," said Hakim Zamili, a senior member of the security and defense committee in parliament. Suicide bombers drove cars with explosives into the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night, while gunmen attacked guards with mortar fire as well as rocket propelled grenades. Other militants held the main road, fighting off security reinforcements sent from Baghdad, as several insurgents wearing suicide vests entered Abu Ghraib on foot to help free the inmates.
  6. 6. Ten policemen and four militants were killed in the fighting, which continued until early Monday, when military helicopters arrived to help regain control. By that time, hundreds of inmates had succeeded in fleeing Abu Ghraib. The security forces arrested some of them, the rest are still free, Zamili commented. Reuters / Mohammed Ameen “It's obviously a terrorist attack carried out by Al-Qaeda to free convicted terrorists with Al-Qaeda,” another security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Jihadist accounts on Twitter claimed that not 500, but thousands of prisoners had escaped from the detention facility. A number of users also posted similar claims on the Honein jihadist forum, AFP news agency reports. The Abu Ghraib capable of holding around 15,000 inmates has become notorious a decade ago after photographs showing abuse of prisoners by US soldiers were made available to the public. A simultaneous attack on another prison, in Taji, to the north of Baghdad, had a similar scheme, but guards prevented a break-out. 16 soldiers and six militants were killed there. The attacks on the tow prisons came a year after Al-Qaeda’s Iraqi front group announced that it would be targeting the country’s justice system.
  7. 7. AFP Photo / Michael V. May “The first priority in this is releasing Muslim prisoners everywhere, and chasing and eliminating judges and investigators and their guards,” said an audio message attributed to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in July 2012. Sunni rebels, including Al-Qaeda-affiliated, have been gaining strength and regularly striking Shiite Muslims and security forces. The violence has increased fears of a return to conflict in the country. But ultimately, Flounders concludes that the international audience shouldn’t be surprised at the news, because Western efforts in Iraq have not shown any signs of addressing the actual spread of sectarian violence in Iraq after the toppling of Saddam Hussein. In the city of Mosul to the north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle with explosives behind a military convoy, killing at least 22 soldiers and three passers-by, police reported. Recent attacks have targeted mosques, football matches, shopping areas and cafes where people meet after breaking the daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan. However, despite widespread claims that the escapees are largely affiliated with Al-Qaeda, there is no way of knowing, says Sara Flounders, head of the International Action Center. She also told RT that not much is known about Abu Ghraib itself after the US handed over control to the Iraqi government, following its withdrawal from the country. “The state of security hasn’t substantially improved since. We know also there are many operatives left in Iraq that continue US policy aims. There’s a lot that’s uncertain and unknown today in Iraq. We do know there was a prison break. But before we rush to label everyone Al-Qaeda, let’s be aware that Abu Ghraib itself as a
  8. 8. prison was notorious for US torture techniques… it was turned back over to the Iraqi government and we have no idea if any conditions improved.” But ultimately, Flounders concludes that the international audience shouldn’t be surprised at the news, because Western efforts in Iraq have not shown any signs of addressing the actual spread of sectarian violence after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, while billions of dollars were misspent – an opinion shared by defense consultant Moeen Raoof. “The Iraqi government isn’t controlling anything… [It] hasn’t been spending its oil funds on security… the toppling of Saddam Hussein was a fatal, fatal mistake,” one that will be repeated in Afghanistan, after complete US withdrawal, he believes. Nearly 600 people have been killed in militant attacks across Iraq so far this month, according to the monitoring group Iraq Body Count.
  9. 9. Updated Jul 2013 5:02pm, EDT Wathiq Khuzaie / Getty Images An Iraqi security officer patrols the grounds of Abu Ghraib prison, which has been renamed as Baghdad Central Prison. By Kareem Raheem and Ziad al-Sinjary, Reuters BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq -- Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday. The deadly raid on the high-security jail happened as Sunni Muslim militants are re-gaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shiite-led government that came to power after the U.S. invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives to the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Al Qaeda prison break: Hundreds of militants flee Iraq's notorious Abu Gh... http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/22/19615653-al-qaeda-p... 1 9/22/2013 6:44 PM
  10. 10. Baghdad on Sunday night and blasted their way into the compound, while gunmen attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Other militants took up positions near the main road, fighting off security reinforcements sent from Baghdad as several militants wearing suicide vests entered the prison on foot to help free the inmates. Ten policemen and four militants were killed in the ensuing clashes, which continued until Monday morning, when military helicopters arrived, helping to regain control. By that time, hundreds of inmates had succeeded in fleeing Abu Ghraib, the prison made notorious a decade ago by photographs showing abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers. "The number of escaped inmates has reached 500, most of them were convicted senior members of al Qaeda and had received death sentences," Hakim Al-Zamili, a senior member of the security and defense committee in parliament, told Reuters. "The security forces arrested some of them, but the rest are still free." One security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity: "It's obviously a terrorist attack carried out by al Qaeda to free convicted terrorists with al Qaeda." A simultaneous attack on another prison, in Taji, around 12 miles north of Baghdad, followed a similar pattern, but guards managed to prevent any inmates escaping. Sixteen soldiers and six militants were killed. Sunni insurgents, including the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq, have been regaining strength in recent months and striking on an almost daily basis against Shiite Muslims and security forces among other targets. The violence has raised fears of a return to full-blown conflict in a country where Kurds, Shiite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable way of sharing power. Recent attacks have targeted mosques, amateur football matches, shopping areas and cafes where people gather to socialize after breaking their daily fast for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Relations between Islam's two main denominations have been put under further strain from the civil war in Syria, which has drawn in Shiite and Sunni fighters from Iraq and beyond to fight against each other. In the northern city of Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives behind a military convoy in the eastern Kokchali district, killing at least 22 soldiers and three passers-by, police said. Al Qaeda prison break: Hundreds of militants flee Iraq's notorious Abu Gh... http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/22/19615653-al-qaeda-p... 2 9/22/2013 6:44 PM
  11. 11. Following the attack, leaflets were found near mosques in Mosul signed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was formed earlier this year through a merger between Syrian and Iraqi affiliates of al Qaeda. Suicide bombings are the hallmark of al Qaeda, which has been regrouping in Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city and capital of the Sunni-dominated Nineveh province. A separate attack in western Mosul killed four policemen, police said. Nearly 600 people have been killed in militant attacks across Iraq so far this month, according to violence monitoring group Iraq Body Count. That is still well below the height of bloodletting in 2006-07, when the monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000. Reuters contributed to this report. 'The battlefields are merging': Surge in violence raises fears of new war in Iraq and beyond Fears of civil war in Iraq after 1,000 are killed in a month May marks deadliest month in Iraq in 5 years Lynndie England, jailed for Abu Ghraib abuses, says she doesn't feel bad about Iraqis' treatment This story was originally published on Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Photojournalist Michael Kamber joins MSNBC's Craig Melvin and fellow photojournalists Carolyn Cole and Ed Kashi to talk about his new book, "The Untold Stories From Iraq: Photojournalists on War". Al Qaeda prison break: Hundreds of militants flee Iraq's notorious Abu Gh... http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/22/19615653-al-qaeda-p... 3 9/22/2013 6:44 PM

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