Friday, January 25, 2013

Three European countries urge their people to get out of Benghazi after 'imminent and specific' terror threat - but U.S. only 'advises' against traveling there

The State Department has only 'advised' Americans against traveling to the Libyan city of Benghazi even after Britain, Germany and the Netherlands today urged their citizens to immediately leave the in response to what was described as an imminent threat against Westerners.

The U.S. pointed to a travel advisory issued earlier this month and did not strengthen its warning even after the European countries issued statements variously describing the threat as specific and imminent but none gave details as to its exact nature.

Today sources within the British department linked an al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) to the latest threats who are an offshoot to the terrorists responsible for last week's hostage crisis in Algeria that ended with the deaths of 37 Westerners and 29 Islamists, the Independent reports.