Near East

July 4 Saudi Arabia Suicide Bombings
Multiple suicide bombings occurred in Saudi Arabia on July 4, as Ramadan was ending and the three-day Eid-al-Fitr holiday began on July 6. No group…

Beirut Bank Bomb Underscores Complexity of Security Environment
On June 12, a bomb detonated outside the headquarters of Lebanese BLOM Bank in the central Beirut upscale district of Verdun (see map). Lebanese…

Countering ISIL Efforts in Western Saudi Arabia
Recent counter-terrorism efforts in western Saudi Arabia highlight the persistent threat by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Reported Threats
The United States Embassy has received reports of a potential, imminent threat against U.S. citizens in areas of Jeddah frequented by Westerners,…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem, Annual March for Pride and Tolerance
The Consulate General advises U.S. citizens that Jerusalem’s annual March for Pride and Tolerance will take place in the evening of July 21st. The…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait City (Kuwait), Security Reminder
In light of recent terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and other countries in the region and around the world, the Embassy…