US President Barack Obama announced Friday that law enforcement authorities in the US, UK and the United Arab Emirates have intercepted two attempted terrorist attacks on synagogues in the Chicago area.
Obama called the incident "a credible terrorist threat" and that he was informed by US counter-terror intelligence officials of a suspected attack around 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening. The president and other White House officials repeatedly stated that, contrary to earlier media reports, two packages found and examined - one in the East Midlands in the UK and another in Dubai - did in fact contain explosive material.
While two packages have been confirmed to contain explosive material, international law enforcement authorities are continuing to search other packages recently shipped from the Yemen and the Persian Gulf region on the suspicion that more explosive devices or types of terror attack may be headed for the US.
This fear of more explosive devices originating the Persian Gulf Region led to the provisioning of an escort of two US fighter jets for Emirates Airlines passenger jet also carrying cargo that headed from Canada to the US on Friday. Nothing out of the ordinary was said to have occurred before or during the flight, but the fighter escort was ordered as a precautionary measure.