US military bases in Europe on high alert for possible terror threat: reports

Several US military bases in Europe were placed on high alert this weekend in anticipation of a possible terrorist attack in the region, according to multiple reports.

The alert is the second-highest level of alert issued by the US military, and a US official at a base said they had not seen this level in at least a decade.

The U.S. Army base in Stuttgart, Germany, which is home to the U.S. European Command headquarters, was one of several bases that raised its status to the alert level, Force Protection Condition “Charlie,” officials said Sunday. told CNN.

US military aircraft line up at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in 2020. Getty Images
Activists participate in a rally outside an air base in Germany in 2016. DPA/AFP via Getty Images

According to the Army's policy, Charlie is “applied when an incident occurs or intelligence is received that suggests some form of terrorist activity or targeting of personnel or installations”.

EUCOM officials declined to elaborate on the increased terrorism, but the office said in a statement that it is “continually reviewing various factors” regarding security and safety.

“For operational security reasons, we will not engage in specific actions, but we will remain vigilant,” EUCOM said.

A U.S. official stationed at a base in Europe told CNN that he “hasn't seen the alert level raised for Charlie in at least 10 years,” claiming such a move would mean the military ” “Active-credible threat” is found.

Along with several facilities in Germany, US military bases in Italy, Romania and Bulgaria also received the alert, according to Stars and Stripes, an independent military publication.

European authorities have been particularly alert to potential terror threats on the continent during the ongoing European football championships in Germany, with Berlin deploying 580 international police officers to help with security.

The entrance to the air base at Ramstein is heavily guarded. AFP via Getty Images

“We are preparing ourselves for all possible threats: from Islamist terrorism to violent criminals and hooligans,” German Interior Minister Nancy Fesser said before the tournament.

France has also warned of possible attacks during the upcoming Paris Summer Olympics, which start on July 26.

In May, an 18-year-old Chechen man was charged with plotting to target fans attending soccer games during the Olympic Games, hoping to “die and become a martyr.”

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