WASHINGTON (AP) _ The State Department says U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution."
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the decision to keep the embassies and consulates closed is "not an indication of a new threat."
Diplomatic facilities will remain closed in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among other countries.
The Obama administration announced Friday that the posts would be closed over the weekend and the State Department announced a global travel alert, warning that al-Qaida or its allies might target either U.S. government or private American interests.
The U.S. is extending the closure of diplomatic posts in 19 cities through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution." The State Department says the decision is "not an indication of a new threat." The Obama administration said Friday the diplomatic facilities would be closed over the weekend because of information received about possible terrorist attacks.