August 4th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

Intercepted al Qaeda message led to shuttering embassies, consulates

By Chris Lawrence. Barbara Starr and Tom Cohen

An intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives in the last several days raised alarm bells that led to the closing of embassies and consulates Sunday across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN has learned.

CNN has agreed to a request from an Obama administration official not to publish or broadcast additional details because of the sensitivity of the information.

Several U.S. officials also emphasized they have been watching growing threats emerging from Yemen for weeks.

Those threats, combined with the coming end of the month of Ramadan, plus the concern over several major prison breaks in the region, all contributed to the U.S. decision to shut down diplomatic installations.


Filed under: Al Qaeda • Terrorism
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    Everyday there's a threat, whats the difference...
    If we continually follow the newly adopted policy of shutting down, all we need to do then is just bury our heads in sand and scream Nah nah nah nah, I cant here you and well be A OK.

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    Was there really such a message or is this just another C.I.A. ploy to further frighten the public? With the people being as ignorant as they are, the Washington bureaucrats know this will always work. The people need to be better educated and wise up to Washington and it's lies.

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