White House holds security meeting over al-Qaeda-linked threat

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In light of a global terror alert over potential al-Qaeda-linked attacks “occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula,” President Barack Obama's top national security advisers held a meeting on Saturday.

Among those who attended the meeting were Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the White House said.

"This afternoon, National Security Advisor (Susan) Ricechaired a meeting with the Principals Committee to further review the situation and follow-up actions," the White House said in a statement, referring to the advisers group, according to Reuters news agency.

"The president has received frequent briefings over the last week on all aspects of the potential threat and our preparedness measures," it said.

Also present were the heads of the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, as well as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the White House said, according to AFP news agency.

Obama did not attend but was briefed afterwards.

In recent days, Washington ordered its embassies across the Islamic world shuttered Sunday. Germany, Britain and France following suit and were to close their missions in Yemen for at least two days.

(With Reuters and AFP)