Post-Benghazi, Obama plays it safe with embassies

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Post-Benghazi, Obama plays it safe with embassiesYemeni soldiers check a truck at a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. and British embassies in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Eighteen U.S. diplomatic outposts closed because of a terrorist threat will reopen Sunday, but the U.S. Embassy in Yemen will remain closed due to U.S. State Department ongoing concerns about potential terrorist attacks by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)(Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama seems determined to make sure he doesn’t have another Benghazi.

His administration was severely criticized by Republicans for its handling of last year’s deadly attack in Libya. U.S. officials have responded with extra caution after intelligence suggested a possible al-Qaida strike was in the works.

U.S. officials say they’re taking no risks less than a year after militants killed four Americans in the eastern Libyan city — and with Republicans poised to pounce on any misstep.

The U.S. closed 19 diplomatic posts in the Mideast and Africa for almost a week, but plans to reopen 18 of them on Sunday.

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