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U.S. extends closure of some embassies through August 10

A U.S. flag flies in front of the Annex I building inside the compound of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in this December 14, 2011, file photo.
A U.S. flag flies in front of the Annex I building inside the compound of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in this December 14, 2011, file photo.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East - which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat - through August 10 due to caution but not the emergence of any new threat, the State Department said.

Other U.S. diplomatic posts, including in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, that had been closed on Sunday, will reopen on Monday, the State Department said.

Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis will be closed through Saturday.

U.S. diplomatic posts in Dhaka, Algiers, Nouakchott, Kabul, Herat, Mazar el Sharif, Baghdad, Basrah, and Erbil will open on Monday, the State Department said.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Eric Beech)

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