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Aug 6, 2013
Aug 6, 2013
Aug 6, 2013
Aug 5, 2013

Al Qaeda intercept is just one piece of threat intelligence: U.S. sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intercepted communication between al Qaeda leaders was one component of a broader pool of intelligence that prompted a threat alert closing numerous U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa, U.S. sources said on Monday.

The New York Times reported that the closure of the embassies was the result of intercepted electronic communications between Ayman al-Zawahri, who replaced Osama bin Laden as head of al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of Yemen-based affiliate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Aug 5, 2013
Aug 5, 2013

U.S. extends embassy closings, lawmakers say threat serious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States extended embassy closures by a week in the Middle East and Africa as a precaution on Sunday after an al Qaeda threat that U.S. lawmakers said was the most serious in years.

The State Department said 19 U.S. embassies and consulates would be closed through Saturday “out of an abundance of caution” and that a number of them would have been closed anyway for most of the week due to the Eid celebration at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Aug 4, 2013
Aug 4, 2013
Aug 4, 2013

Lawmaker says al Qaeda threat most serious in years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The al Qaeda threat that closed U.S. embassies in the Middle East on Sunday is the most serious in years and the “chatter” among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the September 11 attacks, a U.S. lawmaker who is briefed on intelligence said.

The State Department closed 21 embassies and consulates and issued a worldwide travel alert warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

Aug 4, 2013

U.S. lawmaker says al Qaeda threat most serious in years

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – The al Qaeda threat that
closed U.S. embassies in the Middle East on Sunday is the most
serious in years and the “chatter” among suspected terrorists is
reminiscent of what preceded the Sept. 11 attacks, a U.S.
lawmaker who is briefed on intelligence said.

The State Department closed 21 embassies and consulates and
issued a worldwide travel alert warning Americans that al Qaeda
may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle
East and North Africa.

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