Thursday, August 1, 2013

Terror alert: US Embassies warned of al-Qaeda-related terror threat.

US embassies and consulates across the Middle East and Asia will be closed on Sunday due to an al-Qaeda-related terror threat, officials said Thursday.

Diplomatic posts in Israel, Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan are among those that will be shut for at least one day, according to an NBC News report.

The US has been “apprised of information that out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, that indicates we should institute these precautionary steps,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

She added that the closures may be extended, “depending on our analysis.”

Messages alerting US citizens of the closures went out in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, according to the report.

US officials said the threat appeared to have originated somewhere in the Middle East, and that it was aimed at overseas diplomatic posts, not at facilities inside the US.

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