Viewing cable 05MUSCAT1288
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 08/20/2005

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05MUSCAT12882005-08-21 11:48:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 001288 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, NEA/ARPI, NEA/EX 
DEPT ALSO FOR DS/DSS/OSAC, DS/DSS/CC, CA/OCS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 08/20/2005 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 153834 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 1279 
     ¶C. MUSCAT 1064 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission William R. Stewart. 
Reason: 1.4(b)(c)(d)(g). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the Emergency 
Action Committee (EAC) on August 20 to review the Embassy's 
security posture following the local weekend.  Members noted 
no substantive changes in the local security environment 
since the last meeting.  Accordingly, the EAC agreed that the 
Embassy's already heightened security posture and force 
protection condition (FPCON) remain appropriate.  End Summary. 
 
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Security Environment 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On August 20, the Ambassador chaired a meeting of 
the full EAC to review the Embassy's security posture 
following the local weekend.  The meeting opened with a 
discussion of the local security situation, which the EAC 
continued to characterize as stable.  Members, including Duty 
Officer, cited no security incidents among their staffs or 
family members over the weekend, while CONS confirmed that 
there were no reported security incidents or security-related 
queries from the private American citizen community. 
 
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TAISM 
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¶3.  (SBU)  In conjunction with a review of upcoming community 
events, RSO noted that security preparations are underway for 
The American International School of Muscat's August 25 "Back 
to School Picnic," which is expected to host approximately 
500 invited guests.  The Royal Oman Police Special Task Force 
will provide access control and perimeter security for the 
duration of the event. 
 
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Terrorist Tactics 
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¶4.  (S/NF)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO addressed 
reftel A, regarding information that points to a spike in 
terrorist targeting of commercial transportation interests 
around the world.  RSO and SIMO stated that they would have 
to research the paragraph 6 reference to potential attacks on 
airports in Oman, as that information does not appear 
consistent with current threat reporting.  (Note:  Subsequent 
to the EAC meeting, DS/IP/ITA confirmed to the RSO that ref A 
para 6 threat information was indeed incorrect and a 
correction cable will be issued.  End note.)  Members also 
noted unique conditions in the Sultanate, such as no system 
of mass transit (reftel C); however, RSO confirmed that the 
information contained in paragraph 14 will be incorporated 
into defensive personnel briefings, as applicable. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶5.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there have been no 
substantive changes in the local security environment since 
the last meeting held on August 17 (reftel B).  Accordingly, 
members agreed that the Embassy's already heightened security 
posture and FPCON remain appropriate.  Embassy Muscat remains 
acutely aware of the need to monitor both the regional and 
local security and threat environments, and is prepared to 
take the necessary countermeasures should changes to either 
occur.  AMB, DCM, P/E, A/MGT (Duty Officer), RSO, ARSO, SIMO, 
PAO, CONS, MSG, CLO, DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) 
participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE