August 4, 2013 1:25 PM
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." Egypt's Interior Ministry warned supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday for a second time to abandon their protest camps as a senior U.S. diplomat met with officials on both sides of the country's political divide. In the tense weeks before the military took power in Egypt, Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia?s dominant Islamic party says he tried to mediate between President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents in a last-ditch effort to salvage the region?s most important test of whether Islamist instincts could be reconciled with democracy.