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NEW INFO: US Embassy Posts In 19 Countries Will Remain Closed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Amid online "chatter" about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this coming week.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the decision to keep the embassies and consulates shuttered is a sign of an "abundance of caution" and is --quote -- "not an indication of a new threat."

Diplomatic facilities will remain closed in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among other countries, through Saturday, Aug. 10. The State Department announcement Sunday added closures of four African sites, in Madagascar, Burundi, Rwanda and Mauritius to a list of almost two dozen closures announced Friday.

The U.S. has also decided to reopen some posts on Monday, including those in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Baghdad.


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The State Department says U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 countries in the Muslim world will be closed through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution."

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the decision to keep the embassies and consulates closed is "not an indication of a new threat."

Diplomatic facilities will remain closed in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among other countries.

The Obama administration announced Friday that the posts would be closed over the weekend and the State Department announced a global travel alert, warning that al-Qaida or its allies might target either U.S. government or private American interests.

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Top U.S. officials are reviewing the threat of a terrorist attack that has led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans.

The White House says that President Barack Obama has been briefed on the threat and preparedness measures.

Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, led the meeting and then helped brief the president.

Among those at the meeting Saturday afternoon were the secretaries of state, defense and homeland security and the directors of the FBI and CIA.

In an interview with ABC News, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says officials have determined there is "a significant threat stream" and that the intent is to attack U.S. and Western interests.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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