August 9th, 2013
07:51 AM ET

U.S. evacuates diplomats in Pakistan

The State Department has evacuated most of its diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan in response to a terrorist threat against the U.S. consulate, senior State Department and other senior U.S. officials told CNN.

"We have picked up what we regard as a threat worthy of taking this action," one senior U.S. official told CNN.

The State Department issued an "ordered departure" for all of its diplomats in Lahore Thursday, except for a handful of emergency personnel. The diplomats were moved to Islamabad, the nation's capital, officials said.

A travel warning issued by the State Department said the department "ordered this drawdown due to specific threats concerning the U.S. Consulate in Lahore" and warned U.S. citizens against travel to Pakistan.

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  1. saywhat

    no use trying, maybe later. Have a good one.

    August 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Josh

    Pakistani freeloaders got $20+ billion as dole out money from the US. The Pakistani freeloaders took the money and then threatened the safety of the US embassy employees.

    August 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    It is not a surprise that Muslim terrorists threaten the safety of US embassy employees.

    August 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Josh

    Muslims in Zanzibar threw acid in the faces of two British teenagers. The girls were 18 year old volunteer teachers. These people are animals.

    August 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    So @ Josh, what exactly does "Taqiyya" mean and what language is that from?

    August 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Exactly @ rupert on your 8:36 post! Good job! But Josh thinks our government is doing a wonderful job doncha know? Lol.

    August 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
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