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03ABUDHABI1437 2003-03-25 12:07:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Abu Dhabi
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TFIZ01 (EAC): ABU DHABI SITREP NO. 6, MARCH 25

Tags:   ASEC AMGT KHLS PTER PREL EAID PGOV TC 
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SECRET

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           March 25, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1437 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     ASEC, AMGT, PTER, PREL, EAID, PGOV                     

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  TFIZ01 (EAC): ABU DHABI SITREP NO. 6, MARCH 25         

Ref:      None                                                   
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S E C R E T        ABU DHABI 01437

SIPDIS
CXABU:
    ACTION: POL 
    INFO:   RSO AMB DCM ADM P/M ECON 

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: DCM: RALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON: GARANA
CLEARED: POL:STWILLIAMS ECON: TEWILLIAMS RS:JROONEY PAO:KVANDEVATE

VZCZCADI611
OO RUEHC RUCNRAQ RUEKJCS RUMICEA RUEKJCS RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #1437/01 0841207
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 251207Z MAR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9072
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUMICEA/USCINCCENT INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 2946
					S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 001437 

SIPDIS

NOFORN

STATE FOR IRAQ TASK FORCE, ALSO NEA/ARP, NEA/EX,
CA/OCS/NEASA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/IP/NEA, DSERCC, AND M

E.O. 12958: DECL 03/24/13
TAGS: ASEC AMGT KHLS PTER PREL EAID PGOV TC
SUBJECT: TFIZ01 (EAC): ABU DHABI SITREP NO. 6, MARCH 25

REF: ABU DHABI 1399 AND PREVIOUS



1. (U) Classified by DCM Richard A. Albright, for reasons
1.5 (B) and (D).



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General Overview


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2. (U) COM convened Abu Dhabi's Iraq Task Force/core
Emergency Action Committee (EAC) at 1000 local time, 3/25.
Embassy Abu Dhabi, FCS (located outside of the Embassy
compound), and the USGS office in Al Ain are open 3/25 with
full staffing.



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Consular Issues


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3. (U) The Consular Section noted an increase in visa
services but reported no calls from concerned AMCITs.







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UAEG Actions/Statements


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4. (U) ECON confirmed UAEG approval of the establishment
of a World Food Program warehouse in Dubai for humanitarian
assistance to Iraq. ECON noted that the UAEG is gearing up
for a major humanitarian assistance effort, to be
coordinated via the Red Crescent Society. PAO mentioned
that Dubai TV and radio are broadcasting a 12-hour
fundraiser today to raise charitable donations for
humanitarian relief in Iraq. DCM directed ECON to report
on the latest developments. (See septel).



--------------------------


Security


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5. (C) RSO reported that security inspection of American
and FSN employees at the Embassy began today without any
problems. Inspections will continue on a random, but
reoccurring basis.



6. (C) Currently on spring break vacation, the American
Community School will reopen on Saturday, March 29. The
DCM directed ADMIN and RSO to talk with school officials to
assess and recommend a security plan.



7. (C) RSO reported Abu Dhabi police responded to two
generic bomb threats within the past few days at the
Meridian Hotel and the Ajman College. Police advised the
buildings were not evacuated, but were searched with
nothing found.



8. (S/NF) ORCA reported an e-mail sent to the police in
Dubai threatening to kill U.S., U.K. and Australian
citizens if they did not leave Dubai. The threat was not
deemed credible. The PAO in Kuwait confirmed to ORCA that
Jamail Ishmail, an Abu Dhabi TV correspondent formerly with
Al-Jazeera and alleged to be a security threat, is not
embedded with U.S. military forces in Iraq nor registered
with U.S. press operations in Kuwait. He is believed to be
in Karachi.



9. (C) USLO confirmed that U.S. military forces in UAE
moved from Force Protection Condition Delta to Charlie on
3/24.



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Local Media


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10. (U) PAO reported 3:1 negative to positive press
coverage of the war in the Arabic language press. Except
for semi-official Al Ittihad, other major newspapers -- Al
Khaleej, Al Bayan and Akhbar Al-Arab -- have taken largely
anti-U.S. stances.



11. (U) Abu Dhabi Iraq Task Force/EAC will reconvene at
1000 local time, 3/26.



12. (U) Iraq Task Force/EAC members in attendance included
AMB, DCM, RSO, DAO, P/M, POL, ECON, CONS, MSG, OBO, PAO,
ADMIN, USLO, FCS, FBI.
Wahba