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Sep 26 13 10:47 PM
The U.S. Embassy wishes to advise all U.S. citizens that the Department of State issued an updated Worldwide Caution on September 25, 2013.
The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated February 19, 2013, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.
The full text of the message can be found on the Department of State web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4787.html. The message can also be found on the Embassy web site at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwha008.html.
The Embassy wishes to remind all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances by reviewing your personal safety plans; remaining aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitoring local news sources for updates.
Sep 27 13 9:43 AM
Sep 28 13 2:37 AM
Coppee, There may be such training camps in the US just as there are
survivalist camps. What I had questioned was the credibility of your sources
and your apparent disregard for such matters as long as the sources you were
using seemed to justify your suspicions.
the case of Muslims in Mindanao, these are not just training camps housing a
few radicals, these are large armed groups that have been waging war on and off
with the Philippine government for more than forty years and they haven’t been
holy wars. The term “jihad” in the sense that it is used in the war on terror
is seldom heard here. These battles are about territory and self-governance -
not religion. Of course, they read the news and I suspect that the poison gas
claim mentioned in the news article I posted a link to was propaganda spawned
by the Syrian situation. The only Al Qaeda linked group - the Abu Sayaf - is
thought to be a small group of maybe a couple of hundred but they behave more
like bandits than rebels. the MILF is thought to have 12,000 men with arms. I
haven’t heard estimates of the size of the other groups but they seemingly
represent sizeable numbers of people.
developments in South East Asia ought to be of great interest to Americans. America
not only has economic interests there but mutual defense treaties as well. The
waters between China and its Asian neighbors are in dispute not only with Japan
but also with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and others. These waters are not
only included as major trade routes but also are thought to be rich in oil and
other resources. I don’t think that there is much chance of the U.S. being
drawn into an internal Philippine conflict but if the territorial waters
disputes erupt into hostilities, that’s another matter. Blocking of shipping
lanes or armed confrontations could easily trigger a new crises with
unpredictable consequences. America and the Philippines have a mutual defense
treaty. It’s clearly a lopsided treaty but, in a “my daddy can beat up your
daddy” scenario, some hot head in Manila could easily create an out of control
situation. It’s not always clear who fired first in a confrontation.
power is again out as I type this and I don’t know whether that in any way is
due to rebel activity. All is otherwise seemingly quiet in Mindanao at east
where I live but it’s difficult to know what might be going on. There has been
a flurry of text messages floating around about threatened hostilities but
these are often just rumors and need to be taken with a grain of salt.
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