On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East were closed following the identification of a significant threat from an al-Qaeda affiliate, a ... more 
On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East were closed following the identification of a significant threat from an al-Qaeda affiliate, a senior U.S. official provided new details about the communications intercepted from the terrorists, telling ABC News that al-Qaeda operatives could be heard talking about an upcoming attack. The official described the terrorists as saying the planned attack is "going to be big" and "strategically significant." The Israeli Cabinet expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government-subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of long-frozen peace-talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation. Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the al Qaeda threat that closed U.S. embassies in the Middle East is the most serious in years and the "chatter" among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the September 11 attacks, less 
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