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

    But @Josh wouldn't know about that or that we gave peanuts to Pakistan for waging a war for us not billions as he assumes.

    August 11, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • 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 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Israel on the other hand receives 3 billion annually in announced aid and $11-14 billion in unannounced aid and has become the source of our geopolitical problems damaging our interests and getting our foreign policy awry.

    August 11, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Israel is a trustworthy friend and ally of the US, whereas Muslims are not. Only a Muslim would be jealous... Are you?

      August 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Getting us into quagmires and diplomatic isolation. As Netan yahu said on one of Bill Maher shows " you know why we win small battles and US gets stuck in big ones because we have America".
    Or when he said" I know America, its a thing that can be moved in any direction, you move it and it won't stand in their way"

    August 11, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Palestinians and Pakistani Muslims danced on the streets on 9/11. Israel is a friend of the US, whereas Muslims are not. Why are you so hateful toward America and jealous of every friend America has?

      August 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Further quotes from Netanyahu blocked.

    August 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Good. Muslims should also be blocked from civilized countries. Pakistanis receive billions in dole out money from the US and threaten the US embassy in Pakistan. Pakistanis try to bomb the Time Square in NY. These Pakistani Muslim Terrorists should be blocked from entering the US.

      August 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Can't get thru maybe some other time @Josh.

    August 11, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    In other news, 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 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Response to @Josh blocked.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Addressing Bar Ilan University in April 2008 " 9/11 has been good for Israel". netanyahu.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    again blocked

    August 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    can't respond CNN wouldn't let me.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    dancing on streets? wrong again.
    Fox News admitted later that the footage they ran in a hurry was from another occasion.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    In fact it were the 6 Israelis nabbed by FBI making merry on a manhattan roof top & filming the 9/11 horror.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I believe Wiki "Reactions to the September 11 attacks" much more than a post by a Muslim like you. Taqiyya??

      August 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    And 60 more Israeli agents that were rounded up by FBI right after 9/11 & then unexplicably and quietly the news was suppressed.
    Those who followed the tragedy & horror of 9/11 closely in ensuing days would remember. the only son of a dear friend whose grief i couldn't bear to see was lost and i followed each & every development.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh


      August 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    C'mon CNN. let my one liners thru at least.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Disgusting. The censors are on to me again.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
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