US temporarily shuts down its 22 embassies, cites al Qaeda threat

April Williams, CNN | Aug 04, 2013 at 10:16am


Amid fears of an attack by al Qaeda, the United States will temporarily close 22 of its embassies and consulates on Sunday. A global travel alert issued on Friday by the State Department said al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in coming weeks.