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Public and Private Security Organizations Issue Warnings About Upcoming Koran Burning Event

By Matthew Harwood

Public and private security organizations worldwide have issued security warnings in anticipation of a Koran-burning ceremony organized by a fringe evangelical preacher in Gainesville, Florida, on the ninth anniversary of 9-11.

According to ABC News, the FBI field office in Jacksonville, Florida, issued an intelligence bulletin on August 19 that warned against possible retaliation by radical Islamists if the pastor of  the Dove World Outreach Center,Terry Jones, goes through with his Koran-burning event.

"While the FBI has no information to indicate a specific attack has been planned against the United States or U.S. assets in response to the 'International Burn a Koran Day' event, the FBI assesses with high confidence that, as with past incidents perceived as acts of desecration against Islam, extremist actors will continue to threaten or attempt to harm the leaders, organizers, or attendees the event," the bulletin argues.

Today the State Department as well as Interpol both issued advisories fearing Jones' actions will unleash violent reprisals across the world.

The State Department's travel advisory cautions U.S. citizens of anti-American demonstrations in reaction to the event. "Demonstrations, some violent, have already taken place in several countries, including Afghanistan and Indonesia, in response to media reports of the church's plans," according to the advisory. "The potential for further protests and demonstrations, some of which may turn violent, remains high." (....continued on next page)

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