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US Embassy in Jordan Warns of Threat Around Aqaba


The U.S. Embassy in Jordan is warning of a "possible imminent threat" to Americans in the southern port city of Aqaba, Wednesday, a day before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit the country.

In a statement on its website, the embassy said it has "credible information" of a potential terrorist attack in the Gulf of Aqaba region.

The embassy recommended that Americans delay all non-official and personal travel to Aqaba for the next 48 hours, and advised Americans living in the region to avoid the downtown and port areas.

But Jordanian Information Minister Ali Ayed is downplaying the threat, telling Jordan's state news agency on Wednesday that there was no danger of an attack in the country. He said the security situation in Jordan is stable.

Clinton is scheduled to visit Amman, Jordan, Thursday for Mideast peace talks with King Abdullah.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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