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US Embassies remain closed as lawmakers warn of terrorism

Lawmakers insist the threat is one of the most serious in recent years, but few specific details have emerged.
/ Source: MSNBC TV

Lawmakers insist the threat is one of the most serious in recent years, but few specific details have emerged.

American authorities have closed 22 embassies and consulates around the world due to a possible terrorist threat. Details of the possible plot are still elusive, but U.S. officials and politicians have said intelligence information supports taking the threat seriously.

NBC Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel told Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday that officials have said the threat appears to be related to Yemen, although State Department spokespeople have only confirmed that it is al- Qaida related. Britain also announced that its embassy in Yemen would be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said on Meet the Press Sunday that Vice President Joe Biden had briefed several senators earlier in the week, and that, “This specific threat, that we’ve been briefed about over and over again, have reached a new level.”

In September, four American officials—including Ambassador Christopher Stevens—were killed when the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked.