U.S. embassies closed starting Sunday in many countries around the world. A specific threat has been made against one of them according to U. S. officials. According to ABC News on August 2, 2013, embassies in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa are affected.
"'There could be other targets, not just embassies,' another U.S. official said."
The State Department made the announcement during a regular briefing on Thursday. Additional information or any specific were not given out. This move is being made out of caution. Most U.S. embassies are normally closed on Sundays. Embassies to be closed include Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Libya to name a few. In Saudi Arabia the embassy and two consulates will also be closing.
U.S. embassies closed could extend beyond Sunday, but that is unclear at this time. Next week is the end of Ramadan, but officials are not publically making any connections at this point.
The U.S. embassies closed by the State Department are a new move. Embassies and Consulates are usually only closed by U.S. Ambassadors.
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