Aug. 2 - The U.S. will close several embassies due to security threats. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The United States said it would close a number of embassies on Sunday (August 4) because of security concerns.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called the step "precautionary" but declined to specify the threat or list which missions would be closed.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN MARIE HARF SAYING:
"So the Department of State has instructed certain U.S. embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4th. The Department 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. The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety."
Harf declined to specify from which part of the world the threat was detected, although NBC is reporting that the threat appeared to have originated somewhere in the Middle East and to be related to al Qaeda.
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