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Intelligence Prompts U.S. Warning About Potential al Qaeda Terrorist Attacks

Evening Edition

Aired 8/6/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests:

Scott Peters, U.S. Congressman (D-CA), 52nd District

Ric Epps, Professor, Political Science, San Diego State University

Transcript

International travelers have reason to be cautious right now. A worldwide travel advisory was issued last week by the U.S. State Department warning Americans of the potential for terrorist attacks. The U.S. says the threat is mainly for regions in the Middle East and North Africa and possibly occurring or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.

Officials shut down 22 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa over the weekend as a precaution and 19 remain closed this week.

San Diego Congressman Scott Peters is in the Middle East traveling with 37 members of Congress on a delegation to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

We take a look at safety concerns in the region as we near the anniversary of the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa.

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jstreetsandiego | August 6, 2013 at 12:39 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you for covering Congressman Peters' visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. At this critical time when Secretary of State Kerry has revived peace talks, it is crucial for our representatives to help support Israel and the Palestinians in their quest for a two-state resolution of their conflict. The delegation of 37 members of Congress to the region demonstrates American commitment to our ally Israel, and it will be a great opportunity for them to learn how critical our support of the peace talks is for the region.

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JonHall | August 6, 2013 at 1:04 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks for reporting this KPBS, it was encouraging to hear Congressman Peters is there, on the ground, ready to listen and learn from both Israeli's and Palestinians. Having recently traveled there myself, what is seen on the ground there is quite different than what the American media typically reports, especially when engaging with the realities of everyday life there. I hope Congressman Peters sees and experiences the true reality of that region, from *both* the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives. There are bright people living there, brave individuals—both israeli and Palestinian—already deeply engaged in issues of peace-making from a grass-roots level. Most experts there know that any real chance at lasting peace must include Israeli/Palestinian grass-roots peace-making effort already underway, not just a top-down political one. I hope he meets some of those individuals and learns from their experience.

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