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August 2nd, 2013
11:12 AM ET

State Dept. Closing Middle East Embassies Sunday

A "serious and credible" terror threat is prompting the U.S. State Department to close more than a dozen embassies and consulates in the Middle East and across the Muslim world on Sunday.

Officials say the unspecified threat is directed at U.S. targets overseas, and may not be confined to diplomatic posts.

“The move comes as the holy days that mark the end of Ramadan approach at merely a year after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya,” reports CNN’s Barbara Starr.

“Now the embassy in the capital Tripoli will be closed.”

Embassies in Cairo, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, and Baghdad, which “would normally have been open on Sunday,” are also being shut down.

“And the closings may expand to include additional days,” Starr says.

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