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August 2, 2013 - 5:04 am

But…we were told that al Qaeda is on the run. Before about 750 al Qaeda and Taliban were broken out of jails in Iraq and Pakistan.

The United States is closing all of its embassies Sunday in the Middle East and parts of Asia because of a possible al-Qaeda-related threat to diplomatic posts worldwide, American officials told NBC News on Thursday.

The U.S. has 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 institute these precautionary steps,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

She didn’t say which or how many embassies would be closed or what kind of information led to the decision, but she said the closings could be extended, “depending on our analysis.”

The State Department added that the threat may be linked to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Update: The State Department is now issuing an emergency worldwide travel alert for all American citizens (or “residents” for those of you in Seattle).

 

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So the embassies get shut for O's birthday because of a "credible threat" but no one in the State Department thought the anniversary of 9-11 was even worth a warning. I'm sure Ambassador Stevens feels so much better now that this admin thinks O's birthday is of greater importance to the muslim world.
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"The State Department added that the threat may be linked to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan."

The poor devil who made that statement must have been shaking and sweating profusely getting those words out.
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Could be responding to the plethora of "Eid Mubarak" chatter streaming about the webs as Ramadan comes to a close this weekend.
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