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Embassies close due to possible terror threats
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) Newschannel 3 is keeping a close eye on growing concern over terror threats that have prompted the closure of several U.S. embassies.
The Senate intelligence committee's top Republican senator spoke out Sunday morning about the situation, saying these are the most credible terrorist threats since 9-11.
Barriers and extra security surround many of the 22 American embassies and consulates across the Muslim world closed Sunday because of a terror threat. Members of Congress say intelligence agencies intercepted conversations between high-level people from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula about a major terrorist attack.
There has been an awful lot of chatter out there, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) says. Chatter means conversations among terrorists about the planning that is going on, very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9-11.
The State Department says the American missions shut down on Sunday may remain closed for days. There are roadblocks leading to the U.S. embassy in Yemen. Yemen is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the al-Qaida affiliate charged with attacking Americans.
I think we know a lot more about the when not the where and you can tell that from the breadth of the closures. The when was very specific in terms of a Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of House Intelligence Committee says.
U.S. authorities are concerned about a potential repeat of last year's riots and attacks on several embassies, including the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.
CBS has learned a team of terrorists is already in place to carry out a new attack. U.S. agencies are rushing to disrupt the plot.
This is probably one of the most specific and credible threats I've seen probably since 9-11 and that is why everyone is taking this so seriously. In fact, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called it extremely significant, says Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) Homeland Security Committee Chairman.
There is also a global travel-alert though the end of the month. Americans going overseas are being told to be extra careful when traveling on public transportation systems and in tourist locations.