Intercepted Threat and Embassy Closings (Chicago Tribune)


In a Reuters story published by the Chicago Tribune, the reporter turns to Dartmouth’s Daniel Benjamin for a comment about the intercepted communication between al Qaeda leaders that led, in part, to the closing of many U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa.

Benjamin, the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, says one of the leaders, based in Yemen, heads a group that is a “worrisome threat” because it has “talented bomb makers” and likes to move quickly, spending less time planning attacks than the main al Qaeda organization, Reuters reports.

Read the full story, published 8/5/13 by the Chicago Tribune via Reuters.

A number of other media outlets, including MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, turned to Benjamin for his insight on the embassy closings. Benjamin is the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counter-terrorism at the U.S. Department of State.

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