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As this new terrorist threat closes embassies overseas it's clear that Al qaeda's interest continue to raise concerns despite efforts and dismantle that terror network's operations.
Even though there have been threats in the past this particular warning to embassies in travelers is also raising questions.
About the timing of a possible attack our next guest knows firsthand what it's like to be.
Living in that part of the world where people are often on high alert Edward Walker is an assistant secretary of state.
And has been an ambassador to Egypt Israel and united Arab.
Emirates and he joins us now thank you very much for being here today.
What what do you make of the timing of this particular warning at this time well.
These organizations often try to target the dates you do some more exposure it encourages that are -- parents and so on so.
He always have to watch out when you're getting around close to say for example September 11 because that's a big date for them.
It's also a factor that this is the period around on the closing of Ramadan which is a religious holiday.
Of great importance and this also plays into the desire to make a splash at this point time so.
I don't think the date or timing is unusual.
The fact is what's unusual about that is some more specific kinds of conversations that it that our people and listening to.
Do you think this response that we're having in terms of trying to close that.
Up to 222.
Embassies and consulates is a response to safeguard.
Against any potential security lapses that were evident.
At the tragedy in the Gaza.
Well certainly it does some impressive by the way I mean when I was ambassador.
Overall -- was -- when I was assistant secretary we closed all -- embassies in the Arabian Peninsula and so on.
From time to time much against the desires of our ambassadors because we had information they didn't have and also.
The White House has to take responsibility for instance there he's the president the -- -- -- us.
So it's not unprecedented though we did close a lot of resources issued this kind of global threat warning last year.
Them before September 11 and it's only -- prudent action to be taken.
And if it saves lives it all the more important if you don't do it.
And -- happens so -- competitive price.
There are those who suggest -- if -- is indeed tied to.
Al-Qaeda in Yemen might be your response to the recent death -- deputy leader there.
Well it's not just -- we've been very successful in knocking off leaders of al-Qaeda in victory -- peninsula.
I think we -- 26 people on the hit list sometime ago we're now down to twenty we're down now.
We've killed Tony to.
Is still at large three to turn themselves and so yeah out of a they the they see some real danger here and we've been very effective.
What is this do when you make it very public to the world that the warning is going out and that we're.
Advising travelers to be wary as well what messages -- -- the terrorists well it sends a message that indeed.
You know we're on top of it.
And that they can't operate in the shadows anymore.
And it made.
Convince them not to go forward with a plan that they have in place they may think well we've already got the tabs on them.
So even if it does not isn't the success.
But also it helps our own people.
That this is serious I mean if I'm in ambassadors sitting in let's -- -- Arabia or Egypt -- somewhere.
And the US government orders me to close my embassy and that's all they do they just send me and a kind of table saying closure of -- I'm relieved -- skeptical about it had one case -- analysis of sector of the master refused to do it.
That doesn't help.
They have to.
Send a message to the American public they send a message to terrorists in the send a message to our own people.
Investor thank you so much for joining us today with your insight we really appreciate it.
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