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US military bases in Europe put on high ‘terror attack’ alert – media

The sites that have reportedly increased their security include the US European Command headquarters in Germany

All American military bases in Europe have been placed on high alert due to a potential terrorist threat against the facilities or personnel, several US media outlets reported on Sunday, citing sources at the Pentagon.

“There is credible intel pointing to an attack against US bases in Europe over the next week or so,” an unnamed official told Fox News.

According to the source, different installations, including the army garrison in Stuttgart, Germany, which hosts the US European Command, increased their threat posture to the so-called Force Protection ‘Charlie,’ which “applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating some form of terrorist action or targeting against personnel or facilities is likely.”

A threat level of this kind has not been activated “in at least 10 years,” a US official stationed at one of the bases told CNN, adding that it is generally applied when the military faces an “active-reliable threat.”

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The US Army operates a system called Force Protection Condition (FPCON), which is designed “to counter terrorists or other hostile adversaries.” Its threat levels are designated as Normal, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta, with Charlie and Delta being the highest states of alert.

A spokesperson for US European Command Commander Dan Day declined to comment on the exact nature of the threat, saying that the Pentagon is “constantly assessing a variety of factors that play into the safety of the US military community abroad” and takes extra steps to ensure the safety of the service members.

“USEUCOM constantly monitors the security environment to ensure its personnel are informed and best postured to assure the safety of their individual person, family, and loved ones. As always, USEUCOM advises personnel in the European theater to remain vigilant and stay alert at all times,” he added, as quoted by CNN.

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While the details of what has triggered the alert remain unclear, European authorities have reportedly warned of a potential terrorist threat amid the ongoing soccer championship in Germany and the upcoming Olympic Games in France.

German authorities have deployed over 500 international police officers to assist with security during the tournament, with Interior Minister Nancy Faeser saying at the time that the country was preparing “for all conceivable dangers, from Islamist terror to violent criminals and hooligans.”

The French government has raised the national security system to the highest level as well, saying that officials are “actively monitoring terrorist threats from organized groups and radicalized individuals.”

July 01, 2024 at 09:55AM

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