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Top US security officials conferred today over an al Qaeda threat reportedly targeting Western diplomatic facilities and interests in the Middle East; the State Deptartment has ordered the temporary closure of 21 embassies and consulates in the Muslim world. A senior security official described the threat as "serious" and said the Pentagon is working with the State Dept. and the intelligence community to deal with it.
The State Department issued a global travel alert for US citizens, based on indications recently received of an al Qaeda threat. The alert warned that the terrorist group or its allies may attack public or private American interests, and may target tourist spots or public transportation systems. The Senate confirmed Gen. Martin Dempsey as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for another two-year term.
The State Department said it would close a number of US embassies and consulates in the Middle East on Sunday, Aug. 4 as a precautionary measure due to an al Qaeda threat. In the first Secretary of State visit to Pakistan since 2011, John Kerry and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to resume partnership talks that had been suspended for two years. Kerry said that President Obama has a timeline to end drone strikes in Pakistan and "we hope it's going to be very, very soon." Afghanistan decided not to impose fines on outgoing Coalition cargo after the US Senate passed a measure that would have cut aid to Afghanistan $5 for every $1 of fines. The White House said said it is "extremely disappointed" that Russia has given temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. A sweeping House of Representatives vote yesterday approved tough new sanctions on Iran; Senate approval is expected soon.
Gen. Dunford, head of US forces in Afghanistan, said some US troops should stay in Afghanistan after combat forces leave at the end of 2014. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction accused the US military of failing to act on his agency's recommendations to ensure that US aid money did not fall into the hands of insurgents, including al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Haqqani Network. Pfc. Bradley Manning, defendant in the WikiLeaks case, was acquitted of the charge of aiding the enemy but was convicted on over 20 other charges, including violating the Espionage Act.