Embassies to Close Sunday – Al-Qaeda Cited
By Harold Hutchison
American embassies across the Middle East will be closed Sunday due to a new terror alert issued by the State Department, which states that “al-Qa’ida 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.”
Among the embassies that will be closed due to the threat are those in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, and Israel. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told the London Telegraph “It is possible we may have additional days of closing as well.”
On 11 September, 2012, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked, and four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed. The alert will remain in place until 31 August.