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Nearly 20 U.S. embassies, consulates to remain closed

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Nineteen U.S. posts will remain closed this week due to a heightened security threat, the State Department announced Sunday.

"Given that a number of our embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom and practice for the bulk of the week for the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan, and out of an abundance of caution, we've decided to extend the closure of several embassies and consulates including a small number of additional posts," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

"This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities," she said.

More than 20 U.S. consulates and embassies were closed Sunday due to a threat from al Qaeda in the Middle East. Posts that will be closed this week include ones in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, and Tripoli.

Nine posts that were closed Sunday are authorized to reopen Monday, which include ones in Kabul and Baghdad.

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