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Americans Ordered to Leave Yemen ‘Immediately’ Due to al-Qaida Terror Threat

U.S., U.K. Embassies Shuttered
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Supporters of al-Qaida tote their rifles in the back of a pick-up truck. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of al-Qaida tote their rifles in the back of a pick-up truck. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The U.S. Embassy in Yemen has been evacuated and all-non essential staff have been ordered to leave the country “immediately” by the State Department due to the continued threat of violence by al-Qaida.

“U.S. citizens currently in Yemen should depart,” a travel warning issued Tuesday said. “As staff levels at the Embassy are restricted, our ability to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency and provide routine consular services remains limited and may be further constrained by the fluid security situation.”

All staff at the British embassy in Yemen have also been temporarily withdrawn due to the threat.

The embassies had previously been ordered closed until the end of the week when the Muslim festival of Eid ends.

The security threat level in Yemen is “extremely high” according to the warning.

The Associated Press reports intelligence officials have intercepted a message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi, the leader of the terror organization in the Arabian Peninsula, that contained plans for a major terror attack.

The threats have led to the shuttering of nearly two dozen American embassies in the Middle East and northern Africa.

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