The State Department’s decision to close 22 embassies in the Middle East and North Africa in response to a threat from al Qaeda on Sunday has sparked a renewed discussion of terrorism in the region.

Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense, talked to Ari Rabin-Havt of The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress about the logic behind the State Department’s decision and what the terror threat means about al Qaeda’s threat to America.

“Under bin Laden, he thought he could transform the whole Middle East by driving us out of there,” Korb said. “Now, they’ve just got these local issues they’re worried about, but they’re not a direct threat to the U.S.”

Listen to the clip for more on al Qaeda’s current status and the embassy closure.

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