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UK & US Embassies In Yemen Closed Over Terrorist Threat

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/03/2010 by securityscene

Anti-Terrorism Unit In YemenThe US embassy has been closed over ongoing threats from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The embassy in Sana, Yemen has issued a statement “The US embassy in Sana’a is closed… in response to ongoing threats by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack American interests in Yemen,”.  Yemeni staff at the embassy have been told to stay at home.

United States and British officials have said that they are going to be working closely with the Yemeni Government to help expand military and intelligence co-operation between the countries, in the hope to increase pressure on al Qaeda in the region.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also announced that he has called for a summit of World leaders in London to discuss the problems in the Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, suffering from Civil War and Muslim radicals.

Downing Street has also committed, alongside the US, to funding a counter-terrorism police unit in Yemen to help a government and police force that is currently overstretched and unable to successfully combat terrorism.

Terrorist problems within Yemen have been known to security services for some time. The Christmas Day attempted bombing of a US flight from Amsterdam, arranged by al-Qaeda bosses in the Yemen area and carried out by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, highlights the need for further commitment and action from the UK and the United States.

UPDATE

Shortly after the United States confrimed that it had closed it’s embassy in Yemen over terrorist threats, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has also said that it’s embassy in the capital Sanaa has also been closed “for security reasons”.

Last week a group in the region, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, urging Muslims to help in “killing every crusader who works at their embassies or other places”.

It has not been made clear when either of the countries embassies in the lawless country of Yemen will re-open.
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Swine Flu Bigger Threat To Britain Than Terrorism

Posted in news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/25/2009 by securityscene

Home Secretary Alan Johnson, has said that Swine Flue poses a greater threat to Britain than terrorism.

Alan Johnson said on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, ‘We have been preparing for this for a long time,’

‘It came above terrorism as a threat to this country, so we had the whole Cobra machinery and inter-agency working. We have gone through simulation exercises where everyone was involved.’

Cobra or Cabinet Office Briefing Room A, is a facility that the UK Government activates in cases of national and regional emergency or crisis. A secure room with state of the art communications, enabling the Prime Minister, senior Ministers, key government officials, and other critical persons to obtain vital information.

It has been reported that there are plans in place for criminals who’ve committed minor offenses to be handed fines or cautions rather than appearing in court, this would help prevent the Crown Prosecution Service, CPS, from being crippled due to Swine Flu.

Ministers have all been issued with a 59-page document, advising how the country will deal with the increase in dead bodies, with plans in place including using shipping containers and inflatable storage as emergency mortuaries. Crematoriums would also look at moving to 24/7 working the document stated.

Financial experts have warned that Swine Flu will cause further problems to Britain’s ailing economy, and is likely to make a recovery by 2010 unlikely. Ernst & Young have said that if the H1N1 virus reaches a 50% infection rate, it could leave the economy facing its worst decline since 1921.