U.S. issues travel alert, to close embassies amid al Qaeda threat

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert Friday.

The travel alert was issued as the State Department also announced it would be closing nearly two dozen consulates and embassies this weekend, many in the Middle East, due to security concerns.

The alert comes as current information from the State Department suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

It’s suggested that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.

Political leaders have not provided details about the threat.

The travel alert is expected to expire on August 31.

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