US embassy reopens after ISIS threat

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reopened Tuesday after being closed when U.S. operatives obtained intelligence that an ISIS affiliate may be planning an attack on American assets in the region, a representative from the State Department told The Hill.

U.S. officials told CNN that while the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria does not operate in the DRC, the terror group might enter the country for the attack.


The State Department confirmed to The Hill that the embassy reopened after being closed since November 24 because of "credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa," according to a statement on the embassy's website.

The threats in the DRC coincide with the second-largest Ebola outbreak in modern history. Some 426 cases have been reported, as well as 245 fatalities.

Updated at 11:40 a.m.