U.S. closes 21 embassies and consulates, issues travel alert

U.S. closes 21 embassies and consulates, issues travel alert

AP: The U.S. issued a global travel alert, citing an al-Qaida threat. The State Department also closed 21 embassies and consulates in the Muslim world.

The State Department warned American citizens of the potential for terrorism particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, with a possible attack occurring or coming from the Arabian Peninsula.

"Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," the statement said.

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