WASHINGTON Top U.S. officials are reviewing the threat of a terrorist attack that has led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans.
The White House says that President Barack Obama has been briefed on the threat and preparedness measures.
Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, led the meeting and then helped brief the president.
Among those at the meeting Saturday afternoon were the secretaries of state, defense and homeland security and the directors of the FBI and CIA.
In an interview with ABC News, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says officials have determined there is "a significant threat stream" and that the intent is to attack U.S. and Western interests.