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U.S. State Department says 19 embassies will be closed through the end of this week.

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The U.S. State Department says 19 embassies in the Mideast and Africa will be closed at least through the end of this week.  A spokesperson says the decision to keep them shut down is not an indication of a new threat, but out of an abundance of precaution.

One senior lawmaker tells Fox News that terrorist chatter picked up by U.S. intelligence exceeds anything witnessed in more than a decade.  American travelers remain under a global security alert through the end of the month.

By the Associated Press:

 The State Department released the following list announcing some U.S. consulates and embassies that are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, Aug. 10, and some that were closed Sunday, Aug. 4, and scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 5:

 

The following posts are instructed to be closed for normal operations Monday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 10:

 

   -- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 

   -- Amman, Jordan

 

   -- Cairo, Egypt

 

   -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

   -- Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

 

   -- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

 

   -- Doha, Qatar

 

   -- Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

   -- Kuwait City, Kuwait

 

   -- Manama, Bahrain

 

   -- Muscat, Oman

 

   -- Sana'a, Yemen  

 

   -- Tripoli, Libya

 

   -- Antananarivo, Madagascar

 

   -- Bujumbura, Burundi

 

   -- Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

 

   -- Khartoum, Sudan

 

   -- Kigali, Rwanda

 

   -- Port Louis, Mauritius

 

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   The following posts, normally open Sunday, were closed Sunday, Aug. 4, and are authorized to reopen for normal operations Monday, Aug. 5:

 

   -- Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

   -- Algiers, Algeria

 

   -- Nouakchott, Mauritania

 

   -- Kabul, Afghanistan

 

   -- Baghdad, Iraq

 

   -- Basra, Iraq

 

   -- Erbil, Iraq

 

   -- Herat, Afghanistan

 

   -- Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

 

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   Source: U.S. State Department

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