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Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Join High-Threat Areas

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2000 – Kuwait and Saudi Arabia join Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen as having the highest level of threat against U.S. military in the Middle East region, Pentagon spokesperson Kenneth Bacon said Oct. 31.

Bacon said Threat Condition Delta, the highest threat rating, was declared Oct. 30 in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia “due to creditable threat information involving unspecified targets” in the regions." The two countries each host about 5,000 U.S. service members, he said.

The military’s five threat levels -- normal, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta -- each carry a set of increasingly restrictive security precautions, officials said. They noted Threat Condition Delta is normally declared as a localized warning when a terrorist incident has occurred or intelligence indicates likely terrorist action against a specific location.

The alert means commanders are expected to implement mandatory security measures tailored to local scenarios. They also are authorized and encouraged to supplement the mandatory measures as they see circumstances, based on their knowledge of the area.

Both Bahrain and Qatar were put on Threat Condition Delta Oct. 24 in the wake of the Oct. 12 terrorist bomb attack against the Navy destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen that killed 17 sailors and wounded 39. About 1,100 U.S. personnel are in Bahrain and about 59 are in Qatar, officials said.

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