Al-Qaeda 'Chatter' Led to U.S. Embassy Closures


The current terror alert which has prompted the closure of several US embassies is due to intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures. The U.S. government ordered the closure of more than 20 of its embassies and consulates in North Africa and the Middle East.

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  • Tunisia:  U.S. Closes 21 Embassies and Consulates

    Tunis Afrique Presse, 4 August 2013

    Twenty-one US embassies and consulates, mostly in the Middle East, are closed for the day amid fears of an unspecified attack by militants. read more »

  • North Africa:  U.S. Travel Alert for North Africa and Middle East

    United States Department of State, 2 August 2013

    The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or ... read more »

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Cars parked around the U.S. embassy were set ablaze during a protest in Tunis (file photo).