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New al-Qaida threat targets Americans

JERUSALEM – American compounds in Saudi Arabia and Egypt are now on high alert after the U.S. passed along information to both countries about credible al-Qaida threats, an informed Middle Eastern security official told WND.

The security official said the CIA station in Yemen transmitted the threat information to Saudi security services today. The official said the al-Qaida threat in Saudi Arabia targets both U.S. citizens and diplomatic compounds.

Also today, the U.S. asked Egypt to reinforce its borders with both Libya and Sudan, the official said.

The threat in Egypt involves al-Qaida militants attempting to infiltrate from the country’s borders to attack either American targets, such as diplomats and tourists, or Egyptian military targets.

The news comes as CNN reported suspected U.S. drone strikes over the past 10 days that killed four al-Qaida militants in Yemen.

Earlier today, the State Department recommended that Americans in Yemen leave the country immediately, citing terrorist activities and civil unrest.

CNN further quoted three sources stating the U.S. received information that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, are in the final stages of planning an attack.

The al-Qaida threat has prompted weeklong closures of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.