Critical global developments with particular regard to terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- Germany (2)
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Security Threat Level Explanation
Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.
HOT SPOTS REPORTS
In preparation for the rally, authorities deployed approximately 25,000 police officers, including a large number of officers dressed in riot gear, and blocked all roads around the Blue House. A court ordered the removal of a limited number of roadblocks around the Blue House but instructed protesters to stay at least 1 km (a little more than 0.5 mi) away from the building.
Thousands of residents from the low-lying areas of Eastern Coast of South Island were evacuated in view of a tsunami warning that officials issued after the initial earthquake. Reports indicate that the town of Kaikoura appears to be worst hit by the earthquake. The town is cut off by road, and approximately 1,200 travelers are believed to be trapped. The government has deployed emergency responders to the town, and is exploring ways to evacuate the stranded travelers. At least two people were killed due to the quake, and more than 20 others were injured. Christchurch International Airport (NZCH/CHS) remained unaffected. While Wellington International Airport (NZWN/WLG) stated that operations were normal after runway inspection following the quake, some flight delays were reported. All train services on the Wellington network were suspended, and other transportation services, including buses and ferries, were intermittent. Several buildings in the Wellington central business district sustained damage, and the area largely remain closed on 14 November; however, daily activities are expected to largely normalize on 15 November.
City officials are not detailing all security measures that will be in place but have warned that any areas of the city which Obama visits will be completely cordoned off. Travelers in Berlin during his stay, extending from 16-18 November, should be prepared for unexpected closures and delays.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Analyst Comment: The population of Karbala province is over 99 percent Shiite Muslim, making the province an important symbolic target for IS militants. The city of Karbala contains Shiite Islam's most important shrine, and attacks in Karbala have the potential to incite sectarian violence.
"The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the serious threat of violence, kidnapping, and hostage taking in Afghanistan. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, and educational centers. The U.S. Embassy takes these threats seriously and advises U.S. citizens to take appropriate security precautions and to avoid predictable travel patterns within Afghanistan.”