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And the State Department is ordering embassies and consulates in more than a dozen mideast an African nations -- -- cities to close their doors for the rest of the week as lawmakers here.
Reported dramatic increase in online chatter about a potential al-Qaeda attack.
We are going to keep evaluating information as it comes and I keep analyzing the various intelligence.
Overall what we are doing is taking precautionary steps out of an abundance of caution.
To protect our people in our facilities and visitors to those facilities overseas.
Precautionary step abundance of caution now US diplomatic post in these countries and sit stay closed through Saturday.
Most of them were closed yesterday as well but the State Department has allowed some facilities to reopen in nations including Afghanistan and Iraq.
Defense official described a beef up beefed up response by the Pentagon with our forces in the region now on heightened state of alert.
Members of the House Intelligence Committee say that this threat is quote very specific unquote.
More so than before the Boston Marathon bombings well.
And more so than ahead of last September's attack on our console and in Gaza.
In fact the south Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham says we're seeing an Al -- and al-Qaeda on steroids in North Africa.
And remember the state department's global travel alert stays in effect for the rest of this month as the summer winds down to take this to the end of August and then September -- eleventh eleven days away so you take your own guess -- what happens there.
Department officials warning Americans headed overseas basically -- your own risk -- sign up with us.
What is now from DC the former senior director for middle east affairs National Security Council Michael saying.
Michael is now the managing director of the Washington institute for near east policy and -- our Capitol Hill newsroom this afternoon sir thank you.
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This is nothing and they are acting out of an abundance of caution they just are afraid of another and then you can -- to other places they're gonna tell you it's the end of the world what what's the truth here I'm.
I don't know.
It's a pretty serious action has been taking closing all of these embassies which I think reinforces what you heard from lawmakers over the weekend which is that.
This is obviously a very serious and apparently viewed as very credible threat.
If they're taking this action what it appears to lack maybe is some specificity.
-- because of the breadth of the action that's been taken in the length that it.
Which leads me to believe that maybe there -- some specifics that are missing here.
You know we have seen obviously to terrorist threat persists in the Middle East although it's gotten more diffuse in recent years you have.
Sort of individual groups in places like Libya Yemen Iraq and in Syria and it's not clear that there coordinated with one.
-- -- it's my understanding from everyone I speak with over there and connected with -- is that Al qaeda's leadership is.
Is fractured and that their money sources are.
Are drying up and that as an organization as a whole they have a very difficult time operating.
Which is not to suggest and no one has suggested to me that that that doesn't mean out liars can't do something whenever now liar chooses to do so.
-- you hit the nail on the head I mean I think that what you said is -- true of the global organization.
But what what we've seen is especially in this very chaotic environment in the Middle East.
That these individual local groups some of which have global aspirations like the al-Qaeda branch in Yemen.
Are able to thrive amidst the turmoil.
And I was just looking at a New York Times report -- would suggest that maybe there were some coordination.
Between two branches that underlies this threatened if that's true obviously that will be very alarming development.
Well that's that's often when they raise red flags that I'm not saying that we can confirm that we can't.
But that would fit a pattern.
That's right and and that will be obviously be something that would represent a heightened threat you know -- we've seen for example.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq al-Qaeda in Syria which is fighting and -- Assad regime there.
Really invigorated because of what's going on we've seen these prison breaks in places like Libya Iraq and Pakistan.
And what I think will be very alarming is of all of a sudden al-Qaeda felt like it was suddenly reinvigorated suddenly back on the scene.
And wanting to take the fight against the US homeland the last thing want to do -- be afraid though because that's what they want.
Well I think you're right chip and I think that we we have to still strike the right balance I think what what maybe this tells us is.
While we don't want to define our lives by this -- war on terrorism.
We also have to realize that this will never really be defeated terrorism is a tactic it's not a person or group.
Fine as long as there's conflicts in the world as long as -- situations like Yemen where there's really no law and order this is something we'll have to face in this figure out how to do it in a sustainable way.
All right Michael sing live -- -- Michael thanks very much.
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