US forces in the Persian Gulf are on their highest alert level due to a threat of attack against American civilian or military personnel. “Threat Condition Delta” was declared in the area, meaning that all US military elements are prepared for attack and civilian personnel are observing all possible security measures.

On Thursday the US announced indictments against fourteen people believed implicated in the bombing of Khobar Towers, an air force barracks in Saudi Arabia five years ago. Nineteen US Air Force personnel were killed in the blast.

As part of the same announcement, Iranian officials were accused of being behind the bombing, but no indictments of Iranian nationals were issued.

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