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FOREIGN NEWS: Lawmaker says Al-Qaeda behind threat on US embassies

LEGISREPORTS NG – The chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, has said al Qaeda appears to be behind a threat that has prompted several U.S. embassies in some countries to close on Sunday.



He disclosed that the threat on US embassies emanated from the middle east and Central Asia.



“It’s my understanding that it is al Qaeda linked … and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia,” Representative Ed Royce said Friday on CNN’s “New Day” program.



Royce, a Republican, said he and several other lawmakers met two days ago with Vice President Joe Biden on the threat, “and as you know we’re going to take whatever steps necessary to protect our personnel overseas. When we do have an indication of a threat, we take that seriously.”



The State Department on Thursday said U.S. embassies that would normally be open this Sunday – including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo – will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns.



It was reported that the embassy closings were tied to U.S. intelligence about an al Qaeda plot against American diplomatic posts in Muslim countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.


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