The Obama administration has admitted that the United States homeland faces “heightened” threats from a resurgent al Qaeda.
Asked during Monday’s press briefing if the U.S. homeland was safe after 19 embassies were closed worldwide amid threats of militant attacks by the extremist group founded by Osama bin Laden, White House spokesman Jay Carney said it was not.
“What I can tell you is that we face an ongoing threat from al Qaeda and its affiliates. There are individuals and organisations out there that are focussed on doing the U.S. and the American people harm, as well as doing harm to other people,” Carney said.
He said current information suggested the militants would want to carry out attacks “in the period between now and the end of August”.
“What we know is that the threat emanates from and may be focused on occurring in the Arab Peninsula, but it could potentially be beyond that or elsewhere,” Carney said.
He said the closure of the diplomatic posts were not a sign of weakness, but represented an “abundance of caution” on the part of the authorities.


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