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04DJIBOUTI833 2004-06-17 12:06:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Djibouti
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DJIBOUTI: EAC 06/17/04

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					S E C R E T DJIBOUTI 000833 

SIPDIS

NOFORN

DEPT FOR DS/DSS, DS/DSS/IP, DS/IP/AF, DS/IP/ITA, AF/E,
AF/EX, M, S/CT, CA/OCS
ADDIS ABABA, ASMARA, NAIROBI, KHARTOUM AND SANAA FOR RSO
CJTF HOA FOR CG, J2, J3, J2X, ATFP AND MARCENT ATFP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/17/2014
TAGS: PTER ASEC DJ
SUBJECT: DJIBOUTI: EAC 06/17/04

REF: STATE 132633

Classified By: RSO Marc Ramos for reason 1.4 (b) and (g)



1. (S) Post convened a meeting of the Emergency Action
Committee (EAC) on 17 June, 2004 to review threat information
as outlined in REFTEL and recent threat reporting from other
sources. The EAC discussed the potential of attacks on
western targets and the addition of needed security measures
to mitigate the threat. Potential targets in Djibouti
include the Embassy, the U.S. Military Base Camp Lemonier,
and frequented establishments in the downtown area. In
addition, the EAC addressed the potential risk of personal
attacks to American and other Western civilians as they
relate to the trend of recent attacks in Saudi Arabia.



2. (S) The core EAC was composed of the Ambassador, RSO, RAO,
USLO, Force Protection Officer (FPO) and U.S. Military J2X.
The contents of REFTEL were discussed in detail and all
parties agreed that current physical security measures at the
Embassy remain sufficient to deter or disrupt an attack.
Mission personnel have been at a heightened level for a
period of time and are carrying out appropriate personal
security measures. In addition, the Ambassador held a
special staff meeting to address the need for greater
vigilance and security awareness.



3. (SBU) Appropriate Military representatives from Camp
Lemonier are aware of the current threat and will take
measures IAW their SOPs. US Military elements are also
coordinating with the host nation and the French Forces in
Djibouti (FFD) who have a formal defense agreement with the
Government of Djibouti.



4. (S/NF) Recent threat reporting indicates a spike in
terrorist activity that continues to identify the Horn of
Africa as a potential target. U.S. Military representatives
have been in negotiations with the Host Nation to implement
active and passive measures to mitigate an attack against
aircraft landing or taking off from Djibouti International
Airport. In addition, Force Protection Officers from Camp
Lemonier are currently addressing the threat of personal
attacks on U.S. Military Personnel. Several options are
being considered to include establishing a Surveillance
Detection Team to monitor pedestrian and vehicular activity
surrounding the base.



5. (S) The EAC agreed that due to the general threat of
attacks against Americans world wide and recent threat
information, it would be prudent to reiterate the need for
vigilance and personal security measures to the American
community. ConOff has forwarded the Departments world wide
warning to all wardens and members of the community and has
reiterated the need to maintain a low profile and strongly
consider postponing activities that involve large groups of
Americans or Westerners. The Ambassador will continue to
raise US security concerns officially with the Government of
Djibouti.



6. (U) POC is RSO Marc Ramos at 253-35-39-95 ext. 2307 or
253-35-26-73 (secure).
RAGSDALE