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. banasy©

    Wasn't this already posted as a story?

    August 4, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    I can imagine the CNN bloggers rolling their eyes. First we complain that there are no new stories, then we complain if they post two stories on the same topic. "There is just no PLEASING you people" they must be thinking.

    Now watch, I'll get blocked. Or deleted.

    August 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    I want to know how these embassy closures affect the day to day life of George Zimmerman. Please and thank you.

    August 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Lol @ BOMBO (if its really you) your sarcasm is overwhelming! Lol

    August 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    this doesn't make any sense...you close EVERY embassy...what were we threaten with??? and why does big mouth media have to discuss how many soldiers are in the area to launch a response??? watwas the threat...watwas the threat??? inquiring minds wanna know...

    August 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hamsta

    Need some whis.key too.

    August 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hamsta

    Bunch of left wing koolaid drinking neo nazis

    August 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    I wear depends just to be sure.

    August 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Colonialism, despite its expense, was wise. Some persons, by nature, render communication impossible.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    How unfortunate that truth, often, is not PC.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Oil is too much with us.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Måd

    Is anyone really fooled by this alert? Sure is convenient timing for a "pre 9/11 chatter" warning. I can't imagine that this has anything to do with a certain three letter agency needing a distraction from its secret program blowing up on its face. I can't believe Obama has turned out to be just as bad as Bush in regards to civil liberties.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ Mad, much as i hate to admit it, im inclined to agree. However, i think it has more to do with Israel trying to embroil the US in their war efforts. And i just dont get how the finding of a PURSE across the street from an Embasy const it utes a terror threat!

    August 5, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Oops meant "Embassy"

    August 5, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ellen

    In Bush's America, Al Qaeda was on the ropes. In Obama's America, he precipitously withdraws from Iraq, creates an Al Qaeda state in Libya, arms the Al Qaeda side of the Syria fight, keeps on talking about closing Guantanamo, and suppresses all information about the 9-11 anniversary attack on Benghazi resulting in four dead. Obama is as competent with national defense as he is with the economy.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
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