August 4th, 2013
12:06 AM ET

Threat prompts U.S. to close embassies

Fears that al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in the coming days prompted the United States to close 22 embassies and consulates for a day Sunday - an unprecedented move.

The closures Sunday stretch across a swath of North Africa and the Middle East, from Mauritania to Oman.

Bangladesh and Afghanistan, both majority Muslim nations, also are affected.

Normally, Sunday is the start of the work week in those countries.

The shutdowns could extend beyond Sunday, a senior State Department official said.

A U.S. global travel alert is also in place.

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  1. Måd

    CNN keeps eating my posts. What gives?

    August 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ Mad, suppresion of the masses doncha know?

    August 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Måd

    Lol, they've probably already reported me to the NSA by now.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TvNyC

    If the extremist Muslims attack at all, it will be Wednesday or after that because their Ramadan ends!

    August 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lmao @ Mad, all of us have been reported i imagine then! Yea! Means someone is listening then huh?

    August 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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