U.S. Evacuates a Consulate in Pakistan

Dashiell Bennett, The Atlantic Wire
Add to Briefcase
Dashiell Bennett, The Atlantic Wire
Aug. 9, 2013, 6:02 a.m.

NEW YORK — A new un­spe­cified ter­ror threat has forced State De­part­ment per­son­nel to leave the U.S. Con­su­late of­fice in Lahore, Pakistan. All non-emer­gency em­ploy­ees were moved to the main em­bassy in Is­lamabad on Fri­day, after “cred­ible threat in­form­a­tion” that was spe­cif­ic to Lahore sur­faced. Of­fi­cials says the threat is un­re­lated to pre­vi­ous vague threats that caused the clos­ure of 19 em­bassies in the last week, and the evac­u­ation of the em­bassy in Ye­men.

The State De­part­ment also re-upped its gen­er­al warn­ing to Amer­ic­ans to avoid all “non-es­sen­tial” travel to the coun­try. The em­bassy would have been closed this week­end any­way, in ob­serv­ance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ra­madan.

There are also con­cerns that a rising tide of vi­ol­ence in Pakistan may turn its fo­cus to­ward the Amer­ic­ans. At least 37 people were killed on Thursday when the fu­ner­al of a slain po­lice of­ficer was at­tacked by a sui­cide bomber. The Pakistani Taliban took cred­it for the bomb­ing, which killed an­oth­er 21 of­ficers in the city of Quetta. On Fri­day, 10 more people were killed there when a gun­man opened fire on wor­ship­pers at a mosque.

While the U.S. has been ex­er­cising an abund­ance of cau­tion, the clos­ure of the Mideast em­bassies has be­come a brag­ging point among ji­hadists and their sup­port­ers, who have seem­ingly man­aged to scare the Amer­ic­an gov­ern­ment without ac­tu­ally fir­ing a shot.

Re­prin­ted with per­mis­sion from the At­lantic Wire. The ori­gin­al story can be found here.

What We're Following See More »
NRA Chief: Leftist Protesters Are Paid
17 hours ago
Trump Still on Campaign Rhetoric
19 hours ago
Trump Rails On Obamacare
19 hours ago

After spending a few minutes re-litigating the Democratic primary, Donald Trump turned his focus to Obamacare. “I inherited a mess, believe me. We also inherited a failed healthcare law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe” he said. “I’ve been watching and nobody says it, but Obamacare doesn’t work.” He finished, "so we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Trump Goes After The Media
20 hours ago

Donald Trump lobbed his first attack at the “dishonest media” about a minute into his speech, saying that the media would not appropriately cover the standing ovation that he received. “We are fighting the fake news,” he said, before doubling down on his previous claim that the press is “the enemy of the people." However, he made a distinction, saying that he doesn't think all media is the enemy, just the "fake news."

Report: Trump Asked FBI to Deny Russia Stories
20 hours ago

"The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate."


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.