Al-Qaeda leaders' talks 'sparked US embassy closures'

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 - 12:29



According to US media reports, Intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures prompted Sunday's closure of many American diplomatic missions.


The talk, involving top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, represented one of the most serious plots since the 9/11 attacks.


The US earlier said the closures in North Africa and the Middle East were "out of an abundance of caution".


Some 20 US embassies and consulates were shut on Sunday.