02 August, 2013

CNN Breaking News

Al Qaeda is linked to a terror threat that has prompted the State Department to direct its embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, to close Sunday, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, told CNN's "New Day" Friday.

"It's my understanding that it is al Qaeda-linked, all right, and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia," said Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Earlier, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly on the matter called the threat "credible and serious," CNN's Barbara Starr reported.

It was "directed at American targets overseas" but may not be confined to main diplomatic facilities, the official said.

In addition to Egypt and Israel, the State Department action includes diplomatic facilities in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq and Kuwait, according to the agency and Twitter postings.

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