The United States has said some of its embassies in the Arab Peninsula and Africa will remain shut until Saturday following threats from Al Qaeda.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed that 19 embassies would remain closed, while nine had been allowed to re-open after being closed on Sunday.
U.S. government sources revealed that they had intercepted phone calls between Al Qaeda militants discussing attacks, but were not sure about targets.
Psaki said some of the embassies were going to be closed for the Eid celebration marking the end of Ramadan. The period has previously been marked by militant attacks on Western targets.
“This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities,” Psaki said.
“Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antananarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis are instructed to close for normal operations Monday August 5 through Saturday August 10.”


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