Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Diplomatic Missions Across the Arab World

Al-Qaida - A Multiform Idea
8 August 2013 - The Yemen-related security alert that has led to a western diplomatic shutdown in the Middle East and North Africa highlights an enduring feature of the United States' jihadist adversary. Even after twelve years of a military response to 9/11, there has been hardly any progress in understanding the motivations of the numerous groups across the world that owe allegiance to the spirit of the al-Qaida movement. As long as this persists, the best security precautions in the world can go only so far.

The bombings of the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on 7 August 1998 prompted a review of security at the country's diplomatic missions throughout the world. Another such process was implemented after 9/11, and again when the US consulate in Karachi was bombed in June 2002. Attacks on the diplomatic missions of the US's allies, such as the British consulate in Istanbul in November 2003 and the Australian embassy in Jakarta in September 2004, prompted further reassessments. More recently, the killing of Washington's ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three of his colleagues in September 2012 led to yet more stringent security upgrades. read more>>>

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