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U.S. To Reopen Posts Closed Amid Terror Alert

The compound of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen
The U.S. State Department says 18 of 19 U.S. diplomatic posts across the Muslim world that have been closed during the past week due to a terrorist threat will reopen on August 11.

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, will remain closed amid continuing reports of a potential Al-Qaeda terrorist attack plan.

Most U.S. employees in Sanaa were ordered to leave Yemen on August 6 because of threat information.

The 19 posts in the Middle East and North Africa were closed on August 4.

The U.S. State Department said an intercepted message between Al-Qaeda leaders about plans for a major terrorist attack had triggered the closures.

A separate "credible threat" led to the closure on August 8 of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan.

Officials in Washington say it will remained closed for now.

Consulate staff in Lahore were evacuated to Islamabad on August 9 and are expected to remain there until the consulate reopens.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP.