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U.S. Cairo embassy closes on al-Qaeda attack threat

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 - 00:34

Aug. 3 - The American embassy closes doors in Cairo after the U.S. issues a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens over concerns of al-Qaeda attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The US embassy in Cairo was closed on Saturday after Washington issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. The State Department travel alert was based on the same intelligence that prompted it to close 21 U.S. embassies and consulates on Sunday, Aug. 4, chiefly those in the Muslim world, a U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The travel alert is set to expire on Aug. 31. Among the most prominent of al Qaeda's affiliates is Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based group whose attempted attacks included the Christmas Day 2009 attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. U.S. security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the threat was related to AQAP but there was not a specific target. They also said that it was aimed at Western interests, an assessment later confirmed by the top U.S. military officer. Britain said it would close its embassy in Yemen on Sunday and Monday. On Thursday, the State Department said U.S. embassies that would normally be open on Sunday - chiefly those in the Muslim world - would be closed that day because of security concerns, adding that they might be shut for a longer period The embassies in the following countries will be closed: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The consulates in Arbil, Iraq; Dhahran and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates will also be shut.

U.S. Cairo embassy closes on al-Qaeda attack threat

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 - 00:34

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