Maoist leaders have stepped up their campaign of violence, now threatening to target any party or diplomatic communities working against them. In a Nov. 15 press release, the Maoists repeated that they are not threatening foreign tourists, but specifically threatened the “American Diplomatic Mission,” which raises the risk for all Americans in Nepal. To reduce the chance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, minimize contact with the U.S. Embassy and other official U.S. facilities.