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Two officials say a secret message that was intercepted between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen led to the shutdown of U.S. embassies. Two officials say a secret message that was intercepted between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen led to the shutdown of U.S. embassies.
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US Military Evacuates Embassy Personnel From Yemen - August 6, 2013

The U.S. military has evacuated non-essential U.S. government personnel from Yemen.

The move was made because of what's seen as a high risk of attack by al-Qaida. The threat has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.

The State Department said in a travel warning that it ordered the evacuation in Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks." It said U.S. citizens in Yemen should leave immediately because of an "extremely high" security threat level.

A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. Air Force transported State Department personnel out of Yemen's capital early today. The spokesman says the military still has personnel in Yemen "to support the U.S. State Department and monitor the security situation." According to a senior defense official, between 50 and 100 diplomatic personnel were flown out in a C-17 military transport at dawn, and were taken to Germany.

Britain's Foreign Office says it has evacuated all of its staff from the British Embassy in Yemen because of security concerns.

Meanwhile, Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike overnight killed four alleged al-Qaida members in a volatile eastern province of the country.

U.S. Embassy in Yemen evacuated August 6, 2013

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.

The State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks."

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 and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack.

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.

The State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks."

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 and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack.

Al-Qaida Chief's Message Spurred Embassy Closures - August 5, 2013

Two officials say a secret message that was intercepted between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen led to the shutdown of U.S. embassies.

A U.S. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat said al-Zawahri's message was picked up several weeks ago and appeared to initially target Yemeni interests.

The intelligence official said the message was sent to Nasir al Wuhayshi, the head of the terror network's organization, based in Yemen, that is known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the sensitive issue publicly.

State Dept: Posts In 19 Countries To Remain Closed - August 5, 2013

Amid online "chatter" about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this coming week.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the decision to keep the embassies and consulates shuttered is a sign of an "abundance of caution" and is --quote -- "not an indication of a new threat."

Diplomatic facilities will remain closed in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among other countries, through Saturday, Aug. 10. The State Department announcement Sunday added closures of four African sites, in Madagascar, Burundi, Rwanda and Mauritius to a list of almost two dozen closures announced Friday.

The U.S. has also decided to reopen some posts on Monday, including those in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Baghdad.

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