The US will be closing its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday for an unspecified period of time.
The United States State Department has issued a “global travel alert” due to an al-Qaida terrorist threat. According to FOX 25:
The State Department says the potential for terrorism is particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa. It says an attack could occur or come from the Arabian Peninsula.
The department says in a statement that al-Qaida and its affiliated organizations “continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond.”
This travel alert comes only a day after the State Department announced that it will be closing its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday for an unspecified period of time. This decision came about after an “unspecified threat” was received, according to officials. Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said the threat was “linked to al-Qaida and focused on the Middle East and Central Asia.” Royce also stated on Friday that he supports the decision of the State Department to “protect our personnel on the ground.”
State Department spokesperson Marie Harf explained that they were “acting out of an ‘abundance of caution’,” and indicated there was credible information that a threat to US facilities overseas existed.