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S E C R E T AMMAN 006282 SIPDIS NOFORN DOHA PLEASE PASS TO A/S BURNS E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/28/2007 TAGS: ASEC, PTER, PREL, JO SUBJECT: ASSASSINATION OF U.S. DIPLOMAT IN AMMAN 10/28: SITREP 3 REF: (A) AMMAN 6265 (B) AMMAN 6261 Classified By: DCM Gregory L. Berry. Reasons 1.5 (b,d). 1. (C) The GOJ's investigation of this morning's murder of USAID employee Larry Foley continues. As reported previously, cooperation from the GID and PSD has been excellent. 2. (S/NF) Investigation: According to investigators working the case, the assailant used a small caliber 7mm handgun to fire six shots at close range, killing Mr. Foley instantly. Witnesses reported seeing a lone gunman fleeing up the street following the shooting, where he appeared to join another unidentified male. Both men were then seen getting into a dark colored car which then departed the area. PSD and GID are working intently and cooperatively to further identify the make and model of the car, and the identities of the men seen leaving the scene. Additional details on the status of the investigation will be sent septel. 3. (S/NF) Security: Additional GID and PSD security personnel have been deployed around the Embassy, ancillary USG facilities, embassy residences, the American Community School, and areas where members of the American community are known to congregate. The PSD has increased the threat level in the country to the highest degree possible, and has assigned additional marked police cars, roving patrols, and plain clothes personnel to these tasks. Working-level PSD and GID officials have been tasked to pursue leads from intelligence sources within the Palestinian, Iraqi, and radical Islamic communities to learn possible identities of the culprits. 4. (U) At 1230 local time, the Ambassador convoked a town hall meeting for all Embassy employees, both U.S. and Jordanian, to review the day's tragic events and provide information to the Embassy community on steps the GOJ is taking to protect American personnel and apprehend the perpertrator(s). At 1630 local time, the Ambassador held a similar meeting for Embassy family members who were not able to attend the 1230 gathering. 5. (C) At 1400 local time, the Chief of Royal Protocol, Faisel al-Fayez informed the Ambassador that King Abdullah wished to pay a condolence call to Virginia Foley on October 29. 6. (C) At 1430 local time, Polcouns spoke with NEA Staff Assistant Wurr in Doha and conveyed that Virginia Foley has accepted NEA A/S Burns' offer to come to Amman and accompany her and Larry Foley's casket back to the U.S. The Embassy understands that A/S Burns has milair, but may face problems obtaining Saudi air clearances. We are looking into commercial connections from Doha to Amman as an alternative. In either case, we are planning for A/S Burns to arrive in Amman sometime on 10/29. 7. (C) At 1515 local time, DCM talked with NEA/EX Director Hudson about arranging milair to carry Larry Foley's body from Amman to the U.S. Current plans envision a departure from Amman on Wednesday morning, 10/30. GNEHM
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