The 02 January assassination of Iranian IRGC General Qassem Suleimani has increased the risk profile of the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. While at this point, we expect Iran’s retaliation to be limited, the menu of response options at Iran’s disposal is vast and geographically expansive. 

We view continued attacks on US forces in Iraq and cyberattacks on US government and corporate sites to be Iran’s most likely target options. Though we also see an increased likelihood of attacks against US interests in Lebanon and the Persian Gulf as well as rocket attacks directed at Israel. Overall, the situation in the Middle East is fluid and unpredictable, and we expect tensions to remain high for the medium term. Any attacks in the coming days and weeks should not be considered a “one-off.” 

For additional intelligence, security, or logistical support, please contact Global Guardian's Operations Center directly.

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TRAVEL ADVISORY

  • We highly recommend against all travel to Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Iran.
  • We recommend against non-essential travel to Lebanon.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Israel issued a warning that heightened tensions in the Middle East may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad.
  • Oil & Gas infrastructure in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be targeted by Iran.
  • While Qatar shares economic interests with Iran, it houses a large U.S. military base which could be targeted.

ADVICE

  • Remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase security awareness.
  • In the event of mortar, drone attacks or rocket fire, a red alert siren may be activated. Treat all such alerts as real; follow the instructions from local authorities and seek shelter immediately. Know the location of your closest shelter or protected space. 
    • If in a home or a building, go to the lowest level of the structure with the fewest exterior walls, windows, and openings; close any doors and sit near an interior wall, away from any windows or openings.
    • If you are outdoors, immediately seek cover in a hardened structure; if that is not possible, lie down and cover your head with your hands.
    • [Israel] For additional information on appropriate action to take upon hearing a siren or explosion, see the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command website (link only available on devices within Israel) or view the Preparedness Information PDF.
  • Keep a low profile
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid locations frequented by tourists
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible
  • Avoid all demonstrations
  • Monitor local media and Global Guardian mobile application alerts.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.
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