WASHINGTON -- The
U.S. officials have noticed an increase in communications between militants in recent days, apparently related to the end of the Ramadan holiday Wednesday.
The State Department on Thursday disclosed plans to close embassies in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Iraq and other nations on Sunday. The embassies are likely to be closed for a few days, officials said.
The State Department is charged with warning Americans when traveling conditions are unsafe, for which it issues regular alerts.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the State Department was taking the steps "out of an abundance of caution."
The department’s sensitivity to such threats increased after last year’s Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the U.S. ambassador,