Friday, August 2, 2013

State Dept. Issues Travel Warning over Possible al-Qaida Threat


The State Department on Friday issued a travel alert for U.S. citizens about possible terrorist attacks in the Middle East and North Africa by al Qaeda and affiliated organizations.

The possible threat also led the U.S. to close embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, as a precaution beginning Sunday, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.

On Thursday, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly about 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.

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