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US To Close Embassies in the Middle East


The United States announced on Thursday that its embassies in the Middle East and parts of Asia on Sunday, August 4 over a possible threat from the terrorist group, al-Quaeda.

While announcing the closure, a spokeswoman of the Department of State, Marie Harf said the decision was taken having been “apprised of information that out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations that indicates we should take these precautionary steps.”

The spokeswoman however did not state how long the closure would last, it is “depending on our analysis”, she said.

Sunday is a work day in most countries in the Middle East and findings have revealed that the security report being acted upon is a threat on foreign installations of the United States. Incidentally, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani is to be inaugurated on Sunday, August 4, which is also the birthday of President Barrack Obama.

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