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US officials acknowledged the interception of messages last week from al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri ordering al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack Western interests as early as Aug. 4. The State Department added Rwanda, Burundi, Madagascar, and Mauritius to the list of countries where US diplomatic missions have been closed due to the al Qaeda threat. The State Dept. is reevaluating a previous assessment that downplayed the degree of Iranian support for terrorist activity in Latin America.




Al Qaeda Threat: Officials Fear 'Ingenious' Liquid Explosive




State Department Ordered Review of Iranian terror Activity in Latin America




Reading Between The Red Lines Of US-Afghan Security Talks




Excerpts from Washington Post interview with Egyptian Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi




In Afghanistan, a second Guantanamo




The US has closed at least 25 diplomatic facilities in the Middle East and North Africa in response to a serious "specific and credible" al Qaeda threat; the closures of some facilities have been extended through Aug. 10. The precautions were taken after a recent message between senior al Qaeda leaders was intercepted. The White House offered to engage with the government of new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on the issue of Iran's nuclear program.




Intercepted al Qaeda message led to shuttering embassies, consulates




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.




Other Agencies Clamor for Data N.S.A. Compiles




US grand jury probing contractor that vetted Snowden




US in a Hurry to Ink BSA: Afghan Officials




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.




Mock Terrorists Reach Nuclear Bomb Material in U.S. Facility Drill




Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack




Sources: Al Qaeda plot tied to embassy closings on Sunday




US has 'eliminated most of the threat' in Pakistan, SecState Kerry claims




Guardian account of NSA program XKeyScore misleading, officials say




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.




Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack