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Cablegate: Threat Letter Against Us Embassy Accra and Marine

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS FRANKFURT 005976

SIPDIS

TERREP

DEPARTMENT FOR: DS/DSS/IP, DS/IP/EUR, DS/DSS,ITA,
DS/ICI/PII, S/CT, DS/ICI/CI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC PTER
SUBJECT: THREAT LETTER AGAINST US EMBASSY ACCRA AND MARINE
CORPS CANTONMENTS

1. (SBU) Summary: On July 22, 2003 RSO Frankfurt received an
unsigned letter, in broken German, warning of Arab planned
attacks against Marine Corps Cantonment areas and the US
Embassy housing area in the capital of Ghana. The timing and
method of attack(s) is not specified. The letter was
received through the German Postal Service and was
generically addressed to "General Konsulat USA". The German
0,55 Euro stamp is postmarked by Briefzentrum 50. RSO has
passed the original letter to local authorities.

2. (SBU) Below is the German Text of the letter:

General Konsulat USA
Siesmayerstrasse 21
60323 Frankfurt


Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Warnung vor dem Anschlag gegen US Marines in Cantonments

Arabische Menschen planen einen Anschlag auf Marine Corps
Angehoerige in der Ghana Haupstadt Accra. In Teil von Accra
genannt Cantonments wohnen Marine Corps Angehoerige. Das ist
ein teil von der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Ghana Armed Forces
und USA. Auf diese wird ein Anschlag gemacht. Eine Idee ist
auch gleiche Zeit ein Anschlag auf Residence von Stab von US
Embassy. Das ist aber nicht leicht und noch nicht klar.
Ghanaische Menschen sind nicht die die planen und
organizieren. Ein Mann in Nima ist kein Ghanaer aber von
Burkina Faso. Diese Menschen sind Araber. Ghanaische Menschen
sind nur mit Geld gekauft um Informationen zu geben. Watchmen
als Beispiel und arm bezahlte Angerhoerige von Ghana Armed
Forces (GAF). Aber auch anderen Kontact mit Land. Alle die
planen kenne ich nicht. Raoul Abou Chedid ist einer und hat
eine Polystyrene Fabrik in Accra. Sogar nicht alle sind
Muslim. Aber die Muslim sind halten starken Kontact zwischen
Trioli/Lebananon und Accra. Es ist Tripoli/Lebanon und nicht
Tripoli/Libya. Name auch Tarabulus Ash Sham. Befehle kommen
von Tripoli. Mehr Lebanese Menschen von Tripoli sind ein
Teil. Wohnen aber als Businessmen in Ghana. Simon Saoud ist
kein Muslim aber Maronite. Er plant auch nicht aber verteilt
Hilfe wegen starke Business Beziehung mit Muslim Partner. Er
ist Sawmiller, Exporter und noch mehr. Am Tema Hafen gibt es
Gewerbe Coldstore der auch Lebanese gehoert mit Shops und
Buero. Auch dort sind Treffen. Auch bei andere Orte.

3. (SBU) Below is a rough English translation of the text:

Warning of attack against US Marines in Cantonments

Arab people are planning an attack on Marine Corps
families/friends in Accra, capitol of Ghana. In an area of
Accra called Cantonments, live Marine Corps families/friends.
That is a part of the working together between Ghana armed
forces and USA. On this there will be an attack. One idea is
that at the same time an attack of the housing area of the US
Embassy. That is not easy and not yet clear. Ghanaian people
are not the ones planning and organizing. A man in Nima is
not Ghanaian but from Burkina Faso. The people are Arabs.
Ghanaian people are only bought with money to give
information. For example Watchmen and poorly paid members of
the Ghanaian armed forces. But also other contact with land
(country). All the plans I do not know. Raoul Abou Chedid is
one and has a polystyrene factory in Accra. Even not all are
Muslim. But all Muslim are having strong contact between
Tripoli/Lebanon and Accra. It is Tripoli/Lebanon and not
Tripoli/Libya. Name also Tarabulus Ash Sam. Orders come from
Tripoli. More Lebanese people from Tripoli are a part. But
live as businessmen in Ghana. Simon Saoud is not Muslim but a
Maronite. He (does) not plan but gives help because of a
strong business relationship with Muslim partner. He is saw
miller, exporter and much more. On the Tema port there are
cold store businesses (refrigeration) belonging to Lebanese
people along with shops and offices. Also here are meetings.
Also at other places.
BODDE

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