State Department Orders Evacuation of Embassy in Yemen

A Yemeni soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Washington ordered an evacuation of the embassy due to threat of an al-Qaida attack.
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By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has ordered the U.S. Embassy in Yemen evacuated as a result of the threat by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.

A statement issued Tuesday says the department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks."

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The travel warning says U.S. citizens currently in Yemen should depart and calls the security threat level in Yemen "extremely high."

 

A U.S. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat told The Associated Press that the current shutdown was instigated by an intercepted secret message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri (AY'-muhn ahl-ZWAH'-ree) and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack.

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