Tom Joscelyn, writing for the Long War Journal:
The US government has ordered 21 diplomatic facilities closed this weekend in response to an al Qaeda threat.
"The Department of State alerts US citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula," a worldwide travel alert reads.
The alert continues: "Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August."
The State Department has released a list of the diplomatic facilities to be closed. They are located in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Ordinarily, these facilities would be closed for part of the weekend. But the facilities would also normally be open on Sunday for business, as is custom in Muslim countries.
"The Department of State has instructed certain US embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4th," Marie Harf, the State Department's deputy spokeswoman, explained to reporters. This was a "precautionary" step taken "out of an abundance of caution."
Some facilities may remain closed past Aug. 4, depending on the results of a security analysis, Harf added.
Multiple US embassy websites, such as the one for Cairo, have posted statements concerning the closures. The US government has not provided any specific details concerning the threat at this time.
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