QHA - More than 20 US embassies and consulates were closed Sunday in the Middle East and North Africa after being warned of a possible al-Qaida attack, VOA news inform. The United States has issued a global travel alert to American citizens that said the potential for terrorist attacks is strong in the Middle East and North Africa. The State Department says diplomatic posts in the following places will be closed all week: Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis. U.S. lawmakers and former high-ranking officials called the decision to close diplomatic missions and to issue the global travel alert an extraordinary move. Other countries took similar actions, and the international police organization Interpol issued its own security alert. The U.S. security moves come nearly a year after Islamic militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans including the U.S. ambassador.

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