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The Risk Professional: US to close embassies at the end of Ramadan claiming increased threat levels

Editorial Staff

The USA is to close embassies and consulates over Hari Raya / Eid (the end of Ramadan / Muslim new year). It's a PR snafu.

The US says it's not naming those that will close but the closure is on Sunday - and the only missions open on Sundays are those in countries that observe the Muslim Friday/Saturday weekend.The closure, it says, are due to security concerns.

So, one-line summary: the USA thinks that it is under threat from Muslims in their most religious time of year. It's a PR snafu of epic proportions.

It could have just said that it was observing the religious holiday in accordance with local custom.That would have been both respectful and non-inflammatory.

Kudos Kerry. Not.