U.S. extends closure of some embassies through August 10

WASHINGTON Sun Aug 4, 2013 7:38pm EDT

A U.S. flag flies in front of the Annex I building inside the compound of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in this December 14, 2011, file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

A U.S. flag flies in front of the Annex I building inside the compound of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in this December 14, 2011, file photo.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East - which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat - through August 10 due to caution but not the emergence of any new threat, the State Department said.

Other U.S. diplomatic posts, including in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, that had been closed on Sunday, will reopen on Monday, the State Department said.

Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis will be closed through Saturday.

U.S. diplomatic posts in Dhaka, Algiers, Nouakchott, Kabul, Herat, Mazar el Sharif, Baghdad, Basrah, and Erbil will open on Monday, the State Department said.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (6)
Jake987 wrote:
And next Saturday Obama will claim they created or saved 1 million lives.

Aug 04, 2013 5:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:
Ever notice how there’s always a new “threat” right after the pentagon whines about how horrible things will be with the budget cuts? Coincidence? Don’t think so. They’re as predictable as a dog with diarrhea.

Aug 04, 2013 6:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:
More paid holidays for government “workers” while the CIA and NSA try to distract the world’s attention from their wholesale, illegal theft of American privacy.

Al Qaeda must be laughing its ass off. “Hey, Omar — go chatter about something. Maybe they’ll close the whole U.S. government down! Allah be praised!”

Aug 04, 2013 6:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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