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"...22 embassies across the Islamic world."

Yet an example that religion (let's not name names, though) is the key factor behind global terrorism.

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Maybe they should just remove some of these embassies.

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Is this the same Al-Qaida that the U.S. runs guns to? or another Al-Qaida?

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This is the Al-Qaida that president Obama claimed was on the decline.

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“specific, credible and non-counterable.” ................. The alert warned of “the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.”

Isn't there always that kind of potential? Closing the embassies might be a good idea, but we can't live in a box... okay, yes, some people are now in their underground shelters, but besides that.

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They have to justify their illegal spying on everyone and try to convince people that their spying is producing results. Their intelligence gathering can't even show which embassy is going to be attacked. if anything is going to happen on Sunday it will probably be another one of these false flag operations. See, we told you so!

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Smell a kind of CIA setup to bomb somewhere to justify more spy program. So target is everywhere in the world, in august and maybe a Sunday. Without the need of a spy and privacy invasion program , I can predict also, it will rain, somewhere in the world, in August, a Sunday.

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Is this the same Al-Qaida that the U.S. runs guns to? or another Al-Qaida?

Exactly. I thought the US would be best buddies with these guys by now after arming them up to assist in the so called "arab spring". Seriously ... does Obama even have a foreign policy? What a joke that guy is.

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The Obama administration's foreign policy legacy continues.

Gee, earlier this year Obama told the world Al Qaida was "on the run" and "no longer a threat".

Heckuvajob, Barack.

RR

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This is the Al-Qaida that president Obama claimed was on the decline.

It's the same one that Bush forgot about around 6 years ago after he re-directed the might of the US military toward Saddam and the Taliban.

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The US government said something so I'm going to say the opposite and tell everyone that it's not true. I haven't even bothered to read the article.

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Ah, the terrah-rists are back from having been "on the run" and "no longer a threat". Surely wouldn't have anything to do with the drone attacks those surgically precise assassinations.

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Al-Qaida are "no longer a threat" Jean?

Do you mind me asking who's quote that is?

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"Maybe they should just remove some of these embassies."

How about removing the threat to these embassies?

"The Obama administration's foreign policy legacy continues."

Don't be so harsh on Obama, RR, heck, the Chinese have done even less to take out Al-Qaida.

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I was a consumer of threat assessments in the mid-80s (Red Brigades, Bader Meinhof, etc) while working in Europe for the US govt. Sometimes they specified a certain area on a certain day, other times a country during a broad time frame. Some attacks are thwarted completely, others might get delayed and some just go wrong on their own and fizzle out. It isnt a movie plot, it is messy. Remember the governments protecting us have to be right every day, all the time, the bad guys only need to be successful once.

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I want to know who let the cat out of the bag?

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It must be noted that the tripartite countries made up of America, Britain and France collectively created the most damage to the Middle East and North Africa. The days of accounting is coming near for these countries' embassies and citizens and they might not be the only for the ones in the countries where the closures are taking place. Guess who fell off the popularity charts?

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Jean: Surely wouldn't have anything to do with the drone attacks those surgically precise assassinations.

I generally find that the people who claim the US creates terrorists are the same ones who say that terrorism alerts are not real because the government is just going for a power grab. That would mean that the US creates terrorists but there's no threat from them. Difficult to rationalize.

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It must be noted that the tripartite countries made up of America, Britain and France collectively created the most damage to the Middle East and North Africa.

It would also be fair to say that a lot of the damage and suffering that have occurred in that region can be attributed to its citizens.

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Serrano

How about removing the threat to these embassies?

How about the US stops being an imperialistic, war mongering nation that encourages the rise of terrorism which threatens these embassies?

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The State Department has just emphasized again that all Americans outside US should stay alert and vigilante. This is a serious threat.

I am posting this as you are not getting most updated foreign news in Japan.

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How about the US stops being an imperialistic, war mongering nation that encourages the rise of terrorism which threatens these embassies?

As for "war mongering," the vast majority of armed conflicts taking place in the world now involves Muslims. Now wonder: the Koran makes 41 references to "jihad," which involves the violent death to all unbelievers "wherever they may be."

It's very clear where the inspiration for this terror comes from.

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@madverts, if you were familiar with Obama's stump speeches in the run-up to the 2012 election, you would have heard him say words to that effect dozens of times.

" President Barack Obama has described al Qaeda as having been “decimated,” “on the path to defeat” or some other variation at least 32 times since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to White House transcripts." http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-touts-al-qaeda-s-demise-32-times-benghazi-attack-0

SuperLib, I don't doubt there are terrorists. But their uprising is created by interventionist activities in their various lands. It's become a self-licking ice cream cone.

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Americans outside US should stay alert and vigilante. This is a serious threat.

Those danged vigilante Americans... But okay, we're alert and vigilant. What difference does it make?

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As for "war mongering," the vast majority of armed conflicts taking place in the world now involves Muslims. Now wonder: the Koran makes 41 references to "jihad," which involves the violent death to all unbelievers "wherever they may be."

It's very clear where the inspiration for this terror comes from.

That still doesn't give Americans the right to invade wherever they want. You're implying the US isn't 'war-mongering' because the Middle East is already war-torn? That doesn't let America off the hook, sadly. Its greedy oil-grabbing adventures is what it has made it one of the most disliked countries in the world.

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-That still doesn't give Americans the right to invade wherever they want. You're implying the US isn't 'war-mongering' because the Middle East is already war-torn? That doesn't let America off the hook, sadly. Its greedy oil-grabbing adventures is what it has made it one of the most disliked countries in the world.-

US does not invade wherever we want. Afghanistan was invaded to disband Al-Qaida. It worked to a degree. Iraq was a mistake as far as the public knowledge is concerned. And do you recall how thankful the Iraqi's were after the invasion to topple the evil Sadam Hussen?

Oil-grabbing adventures.....Last I read China was benefitting from Iraqi oil. Not USA! Libya was up for grabs, did US benefit? No, a US embassy was destroyed and 4 americans were murdered with no support from Washington on that. And Libyan oil is on the European market.

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"That still doesn't give Americans the right to invade wherever they want."

That's not true. The US has long wanted to invade North Korea more than anywhere else, but it can't due to a host of political and strategic reasons. Then there's Iran and a number of other nations.

"Its greedy oil-grabbing adventures"

It's common knowledge that US companies have largely been shut out of Iraq oil deals and most of the oil is being "grabbed" by China.

Somebody seems to be living in a fantasy world.

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Jean: But their uprising is created by interventionist activities in their various lands

That's probably why terrorist kill more Muslims than everyone else combined. Muslims really need to stop....um....interventionist activities in their own (?) lands.

if you were familiar with Obama's stump speeches in the run-up to the 2012 election, you would have heard him say words to that effect dozens of times.

It's common knowledge that Al Queda is a shell of it's former self.

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22 embassies must be evacuated. More people joining A Q forces? Better stay away from these countries.

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US does not invade wherever we want. Afghanistan was invaded to disband Al-Qaida. It worked to a degree. Iraq was a mistake as far as the public knowledge is concerned. And do you recall how thankful the Iraqi's were after the invasion to topple the evil Sadam Hussen?

Oil-grabbing adventures.....Last I read China was benefitting from Iraqi oil. Not USA! Libya was up for grabs, did US benefit? No, a US embassy was destroyed and 4 americans were murdered with no support from Washington on that. And Libyan oil is on the European market.

Afghanistan was a failure. Iraq was a textbook example of America's complete disregard for other countries' sovereignty and using the 'bringing democracy' excuse to cover up the fact that the invasion was all about stealing resources. The consequences of 'China benefiting' doesn't change what the original motive of the war was. The Iraq war was illegal, but the US didn't care since it doesn't think international law applies to it. Afghanistan is a country where empires come to die so it was no surprise that your country's military adventure ultimately failed there.

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" It's common knowledge that Al Queda is a shell of it's former self."

And yet there's this article of fearmongering. Must be a big, thick shell like a mollusk.

Muslims killing their own is their own problem. The US military is not the Global Police. And neither is UN. So, yes, US butting in wherever is interventionism AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

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"How about the US stops being an imperialistic, war mongering nation that encourages the rise of terrorism which threatens these embassies?"

What you really mean is, how about the U.S. caves in to the Islamists and refuses to take any military action against them?

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What you really mean is, how about the U.S. caves in to the Islamists and refuses to take any military action against them?

How did you come to that conclusion from what I said? Do you still not understand that the reason why the 'Islamists' threaten the US is because of your country's imperialistic actions? Is cause and effect a foreign concept to some people on here? The American education system is even worse than I'd thought.

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Sunday 8/4/13 9 am

To All American Boys and Girls;

The State Department has just escalated it to a world wide travel alert for Americans. Stay safe and vigilante.

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Jean: And yet there's this article of fearmongering. Must be a big, thick shell like a mollusk.

Most people understand that Al Queda will never cease to exist so the game is to limit their ability to carry out attacks which are now on a much smaller scale and away from the US. I'm not sure why you're having trouble understanding that. If the US wanted to fear monger they certainly wouldn't say that Al Queda is less of a threat today, would they?

onigome: Do you still not understand that the reason why the 'Islamists' threaten the US is because of your country's imperialistic actions?

There is a lot more to terrorism than just the acts that are committed against the US, which constitutes a tiny fraction of terrorist attacks. Don't be so blind.

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SpeedAug. 03, 2013 - 08:25AM JST

Maybe they should just remove some of these embassies.

toshikoAug. 04, 2013 - 10:42AM JST

22 embassies must be evacuated. More people joining A Q forces? Better stay away from these countries.

We cannot pull all these embassies from the Middle East. That's exactly what Al-Qaida terrorists want.

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@globalwatcher: USA already stated 22 embassies. in Northern Africa and /Middle East. I wrote 22. I did not write all. I just copied what USA stated 22. They are closing on Sunday. (were?) It is ibvious that USA planned to close 22 embassies/ Read above article about USA p;an. Why you stated we cannot shut? .

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Why you stated we cannot shut? .

Al Qaida and oil. You may want to research on Al Qaida terrorists and its objectives. Thanks.

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Do you still not understand that the reason why the 'Islamists' threaten the US is because of your country's imperialistic actions?

Groups like Al Qaeda are very nearly as happy to blow up other Muslims as they are to blow up Western targets. To them, if you aren't Muslim in the way they are Muslim, you are as bad or worse than the "imperialists."

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There is a lot more to terrorism than just the acts that are committed against the US, which constitutes a tiny fraction of terrorist attacks. Don't be so blind.

We're talking specifically about the Al-Qaeda and 'Islamists' (Serrano's word) threats against the US, which are rooted in striking back against American imperialism. Never said that all terrorist attacks in the world are committed or aimed against the US.

Groups like Al Qaeda are very nearly as happy to blow up other Muslims as they are to blow up Western targets. To them, if you aren't Muslim in the way they are Muslim, you are as bad or worse than the "imperialists."

But this article is talking about threats against the US. What Al-Qaeda do to other Muslims doesn't change the fact its campaign against America is because of America's actions. And no need for quotation marks, the US is certainly imperialist.

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I think you're fixated on the concept of "American imperialism" and you look to terrorists to justify your emotions.

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think you're fixated on the concept of "American imperialism" and you look to terrorists to justify your emotions.

Fixated because I pointed out the reason why the US is hated and why it's the target of so many terror threats? I don't support the terrorists by the way, but the US itself is far from innocent.

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The terrorists are imperialists. They want to create a world where Sharia law is the only law. They are acting militarily to accomplish this. Iin your desire ti criticize US aggressive actions, don't fail to see that.

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The terrorists are imperialists. They want to create a world where Sharia law is the only law. They are acting militarily to accomplish this. Iin your desire ti criticize US aggressive actions, don't fail to see that.

I don't see any Middle Eastern or South Asian country acting like an empire right now and invading countries half way across the world, do you? The US on the other hand...

http://www.globalresearch.ca/u-s-currently-fighting-74-different-wars-and-many-more-covert-wars/5334676

U.S. Currently Fighting 74 Different Wars … And Many More Covert Wars

An empire in action.

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People will keep complaining until their countries pay $500 per barrel for oil.

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