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January 27, 1976
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Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248 (b)(3) Weekly Situation Report on International Terrorism (b)(3) 27 January � 1976 S9tfret 95 27 JAN 1976 Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248 Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248 SECRET ARTICLES Increase in Threats Against U.S. Personnel Abroad The number of reported plans for terrorist attacks against U.S. personnel overseas, as well as other circumstances that might cause terrorists to target Americans, was larger in January than at any time in several months. Many reports of planned attacks came from informants of unknown or dubious reliability, and it is normal for rumors of this type to in- crease following successful, publicized terrorist incidents such as the seizure of the OPEC ministers in Vienna and the murder of U.S. official Richard Welch in Athens--both in late December. It does appear, nevertheless, that the probability of an attack against an American target will be higher than normal for the next few months. Reports of planned attacks have come from various parts of the world. In Latin America, four different reports concerning attacks against U.S. officials have been received in the past two weeks. The embassy is taking all possible precautions until more information can be developed. Guatemalan Com- munists have information that an organization called the Guerrilla Army of the Poor is planning some sort of violent action against U.S. military advisers in Guatemala. (See the 20 January issue, page B-I1.) American military personnel also are possible targets in Venezuela, where a Bandera Roja activist reportedly was assigned in mid-January to surveil the automobile registered to a U.S. Military Group employee. The surveillance was to last for ten days and may have been only an exercise, -but the Military Group and the targeted employee were advised to be alert. In the Dominican Republic, the Commandos of the Resistance reportedly plan to kidnap one or more Americans traveling on the "Queen Elizabeth II." They intend to entice some of the 'debarking tourists into taxis driven by members of the Com- mandos, abduct them and demand that three political prisoners SECRET Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248 Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248 SECRET be released in exchange for the Americans. One of the three prisoners is Plinio Matos Moquete, founder of the i,12th of January Liberation Movement--the group that kidnapped USIS director Barbara Hutchison in Santo Domingo in SePtember 1974. The next scheduled visit of the "Queen Elizabeth 1I" to Santo Domingo is on 10 February, and if this reported plot is found RV) to be genuine, the terrorists' plan probably can be neutralize(b)(3) by that time. In the Middle East, threats have aP-P-m_r_e_n_nr_t_e_d_a_g_ain_s_t_ U.S. interests in Abu Dhabi and Iran. against the U.S., British or West German embassy in Abu Dhabi. a Palestinian group is planning arq operation Precq.utions are being taken. but no further deta'as are avail- able The FBI has unconfirmed information that In Europe, one explicit threat to U.S. pe6onnel has been reported, and other possibilities for anti-U.S: operations exist. 2 yl .mt\ Ag16 SECRET (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(7)(d) (b)(1) _ (b)(3) - (b)(3) Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248 Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248 SECRET While the OPEC ministers were held hostage in late Decem- ber, "Carlos" (Ilich Ramirez Sanchez), the leader of the ter- rorist group, allegedly told a hostage that his next operation would be aimed at freeing the Baader-Meinhof anarchists cur- rently on trial in West Germany. (See Section B-II.) This would be done by seizing an official of an allied country in order to put pressure on the FRG government. This report did not specify American personnel as the intended victims, but if the report is accurate, U.S. officials in Europe might be considered desirable targets. The possibility of a terrorist attack against an American target is strengthened by the recent publicity given to the U.S. intelligence presence in Western Europe. In mid-January radical leftist publications published the names of more than one hundred Americans alleged to be intelligence officers in the U.K., France, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands. Some of these officers have since been the object of harassing telephone calls and surveillance. While much of this activity is believed to be motivated more by curiosity or mild political malice than by serious hostility, the likelihood of another terrorist attack against an American believed to be a high-level intelli- gence officer, in Europe or elsewhere, cannot be dismissed. The combination of this publicity and the unusual number of reported threats is causing most U.S. missions abroad to in- crease precautions in order to discourage or to blunt the effect o nvtrorLtieraionthMpi ay be planned against them. 3 SECRET Approved for Release: 2020/01/15 C06626248