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U.S. closing key Mideast embassies over security concerns

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States is temporarily closing key Mideast embassies over the next few days due to security concerns, the State Department said Thursday.

The closures include the main diplomatic facilities in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Kuwait.

Separately, a U.S. official told CNN that the Obama administration is monitoring threats against the embassy in Sanaa, Yemen. The official did not say if the embassy would close.

Officials were not more specific about why the action to close embassies, some through Sunday, was taken.