U.S. warships to be set up on standby in case of terrorist attack at Olympic Winter Games
POSTED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 2:43pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 7:59pm
CNN — The U.S. military will have up to two warships and several transport aircraft on standby under a contingency plan to help evacuate American officials and athletes from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, if ordered, a U.S. official said.
The State Department would take the lead in organizing and evacuating Americans, if necessary, the official with direct knowledge of the plan told CNN.
An online video surfaced on a Jihadi forum on Sunday threatening February's Winter Games. This followed deadly bombings in Volgograd recently that raised concerns over Olympic security.
The video says the following:
"As for you Olympics, something that you really want, we've prepared a present for you. You do your business and we'll do ours. We've prepared a present for you and all tourists who'll come over."