US Embassies Will Stay Closed All Week
But only as a caution, not because of a new threat, says State Department
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2013 5:24 PM CDT
A Bahraini armored personnel vehicle reinforces US Embassy security just outside a gate to the embassy building in Manama, Bahrain.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

(Newser) Today's closure of US embassies and consulates has been extended through Saturday for diplomatic posts in 19 cities, the State Department has announced. But, it says in a statement, the extension is not due to a new threat, but "merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution," in light of the previously reported al-Qaeda threat, reports the AP. The posts that will stay closed are those in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, amongst others. Other posts, including those in Kabul and Baghdad, will reopen on Monday as planned. Earlier today, politicians from across the political spectrum told Sunday talk shows that today's closure was entirely necessary, due to the serious and very specific nature of the threat.

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Aug 5, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
Could this be considered profiling ? I'm sure there's some lawyer (lawyers) somewhere getting ready to cash in on this.
Aug 5, 2013 3:29 PM CDT
... and this has nothing to do with US government being under fire for spying on our citizens (and our allies) - "hey, people, don't forget we are protecting you!". " ... due to the serious and very specific nature of the threat." - what a load of BS this is! Why don't you act on the specific threat then, why the generic measures? I guess, spying on your citizens is not that effective. Or, there's too much of other stuff going on, like smuggling guns, for the actual job like protecting the embassies to get done. If anything, this is another proof of incompetence, showing the entire world how the mighty US are shaking in their boots, without "the terrorists" making even a single move. I'm thinking, some people in higher places are now praying for some kid in those countries to throw a rock at the emptied buildings, just so they show to the world "the threat" was real (... or why praying, maybe we could pay someone to do it???).
Aug 5, 2013 9:31 AM CDT
“Four years ago President Obama gave a much heralded speech as outreach to the Muslim world,” Kristol said. “And now, four years later we are closing embassies throughout the Muslim world. A year ago, the president said al-Qaida is on the run. And now we seem to be on the run.”