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 »
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."
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."
"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."