Viewing cable 04MUSCAT2125
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/06/2004

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04MUSCAT21252004-12-06 13:55:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 002125 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT. FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/OSAC, 
DS/IP/SPC/MSG, CA/OCS, NEA/EX, NEA/ARPI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/06/2004 
 
REF: A. CC-RSO TELCON DTD 12/06/04 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 2110 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission William R. Stewart. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  Summary: The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the 
Emergency Action Committee December 6 to review the Embassy's 
security posture following reports that Consulate General 
Jeddah had been attacked.  After reviewing the known facts 
about the attack, members of the EAC noted there was no new 
threat reporting specific to Oman, and concluded that there 
have been no substantive changes in the local security 
environment.  The EAC did, however, agree to reconvene 
tomorrow, December 7, to discuss updates on the Jeddah 
attack.  End Summary. 
 
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Security Environment 
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¶2.  (S/NF)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the Emergency 
Action Committee ("EAC") December 6 to review the Embassy's 
security posture following reports that gunmen had attacked 
Consulate General Jeddah.  The meeting opened with a review 
of the known facts, derived from both official and press 
reporting.  RSO advised that immediately following initial 
reports of the attack, he requested augmented Royal Oman 
Police (ROP) coverage at both the Chancery and in residential 
neighborhoods; RMAS advised that they are in the process of 
requesting the same via their Omani government counterparts. 
Marine Security Guard, Surveillance Detection Unit, and local 
guard personnel were also briefed accordingly.  RSO confirmed 
that details on the Jeddah attack will be briefed to U.S. 
Secret Service advance personnel preparing for the upcoming 
 
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visit of Vice President and Mrs. Cheney to Muscat on December 
¶7. 
 
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Impact on Upcoming Events 
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¶3.  (SBU)  The EAC again reviewed security preparations for 
the 229th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball, to be held at the 
InterContinental Muscat on December 9.  The EAC agreed to 
move forward with the event, which will receive extensive ROP 
support.  RSO reiterated the ROP's responsiveness to the 
Embassy's security needs, as witnessed by the protective 
security coverage provided for a recent event sponsored by 
The American International School of Muscat. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶5.  (S/NF)  After carefully reviewing the known facts about 
the attack in Jeddah, EAC members noted no new threat 
reporting specific to Oman, and concurred that there have 
been no substantive changes in previously reported 
assessments of the local security and threat environments 
(reftel B).  Nonetheless, the EAC remains acutely aware of 
the need to monitor both the regional and local security 
situation, and is prepared to take the necessary 
countermeasures should changes to either occur.  AMB, DCM, 
RSO, ARSO, RMAS, P/E, PAO, CONS, MGT, MSG, DAO, OMC (USDR), 
and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the meeting. 
 
¶6.  (SBU)  The EAC will reconvene tomorrow, December 7, to 
discuss updates on the Jeddah attack. 
BALTIMORE