Barack Obama has given the order to his National Security team to “take all the necessary measures to protect the lives of Americans.” This was announced by an official of the White House, as part of the terrorism-alarm that has risen in Yemen and in many countries of North Africa, the Middle East and Central and South Asia, that has lead to the closure of embassies and consular representatives of the United States in 21 Muslim countries.
And on the basis of what was decided by the U.S., major Western countries (Germany, France. Britain) have taken similar decisions (two-day closure of their embassies in Yemen), to protect their representatives and citizens. The Italian Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, remains open however, although the presence of staff has been “reduced to a minimum and directions were given to stick to a conduct inspired by principles of caution and prudence.”
Intelligence officials, writes reporter John Miller on the CBS website, have received a report from a reliable source that the main terrorist plot is about to be implemented: the team in charge of addressing the operation has been selected and would should already be on the place chosen for the attack. The message ends here. What the authorities do not have is the date, the time and the target of the attack.
“We are faced with a stream of significant threats to which we are reacting,” said General Martin Dempsey, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, to the microphones of ABC. “These threats – he added – are more specific than in the past, and their purpose is not only to attack the United States, but the West.”
Along the same lines Peter King, chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Intelligence of Congress stated that: “We have no doubt that there is a conspiracy and that they are preparing severe attacks. I have been participating in briefings for about seven-eight years and I am informed on a regular basis on these issues. And I can say that this is the most specific threat I have seen in years. This is not only a matter of connecting assumptions: there is very specific information about whether they are planning attacks. But we do not know where “.
Check-points by the Yemeni army on the main road access to the capital of the country are still going on. There are many fundamentalist cells linked to Al-Qaeda that are resisting in Yemen and the U.S. believes that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqpa) is the most dangerous branch of the extremist network in the world.