Terror threat to shut down some Middle East embassies on Sunday

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Citing  a “credible and serious” terror threat, the State Department has ordered several  US embassies in the Middle East to shut down on Sunday. No word on how long they  will remain closed.




A  U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly on the matter called the threat  “credible and serious.”

It  was “directed at American targets overseas,” but may not be confined to main  diplomatic facilities, the official said.

In  addition to Egypt and  Israel, the State Department action includes diplomatic  facilities in  Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq and Kuwait, according to the agency and  Twitter postings.

A  senior State Department  official said  the agency has told those embassies that normally would  be beginning the work  week on Sunday to close, but additional days could  be added.

Diplomatic  facilities in the region are for the most part closed or operate with minimal  staff on Fridays and Saturdays.

Separately,  another U.S.  official told CNN that the Obama administration is monitoring  threats  against the embassy in Sanaa, Yemen.

The  official did not say whether the embassy would close.

President  Barack Obama  met with Yemen President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi at the White House  on  Thursday. Yemen has been cracking down on al Qaeda.

A  U.S. official earlier  told CNN the embassy closures were because of “more than  the usual  chatter” about a potential terrorist threat, which was not specific   about time and location.

Officials  said the time frame comes with the approaching end of Ramadan and the one-year anniversary of the terror attack on  the U.S.  diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans,   including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

State  Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the agency was taking the steps at diplomatic sites out of an abundance of  caution.

The  U.S. Embassy in  Cairo noted on its website media reports of possible marches or  demonstrations on Friday and possibly throughout the  weekend.

I  think it is significant that what these closings say is that we don’t trust the  host governments to protect our people. We can debate security at our embassies,  but the bottom line is that overall security is in the hands of the host  government. We obviously feel that many of them are incapable – or unwilling –  to protect our diplomats.

It’s  a legitimate question to ask why they didn’t take this step last September 11,  given the concerns of Ambassador Stevens and others in the State Department. If  this is the way we have to learn our lessons about terrorism, we will no doubt  experience more attacks

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3 thoughts on “Terror threat to shut down some Middle East embassies on Sunday

  1. Bring them all home! They will be attacked and Obama WILL ALLOW IT then cover it up.

    • He doesn’t want them home. As long as they are away he can do what he wants without worrying about the Military pulling what they did in Egypt.

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