The United States is temporarily closing its embassy in Yemen to the public amid a spate of attacks against foreign diplomats, a top US official said Wednesday, according to AFP.
Reports of an explosion at the US embassy in Yemen are not true, said the US State Department spokesman. Previously it was reported that massive explosion was followed by shooting near the diplomatic mission building.
A large blast and gunfire were reported near the US Embassy in Yemen located in the capital Sanaa on Monday, according to security officials.
Germany's ambassador to Yemen escaped a kidnapping attempt on Sunday in the capital Sanaa during which her bodyguard was killed, a diplomatic source said.
On Tuesday, the US State Department announced that it had reopened its embassy in Yemen, which was closed earlier this month along with about 20 embassies in the Middle East. For the time being, the reopened embassy will "provide limited public services." The truth, though, is that the terrorist threat has not vanished – be it in Yemen or wherever else in the Middle East, and is unlikely to vanish until the US changes its whole attitude to the region.
The leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has vowed that jailed AQAP members would eventually be freed.
he United States on Sunday was reopening 18 of the 19 diplomatic missions that it closed around the world last week because of what it said was a terrorist threat from al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
Shock waves from the threat of new attacks by Al-Qaeda's Yemen wing have reached the cells of Guantanamo Bay, where dozens of Yemeni detainees are waiting to be sent home. Of the 166 detainees remaining at the US naval base at Guantanamo, where a prison camp holds detainees from the "war on terror", 84 are from Yemen, and 56 of these have been cleared for release.
A US drone strike killed seven suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. The operation followed the official announcement of Yemeni officials that Al Qaeda plans to seize two major oil and gas export terminals and a provincial capital. Arab nations remain on high alert following threats of a terror attack, which prompted Washington to shut down 19 diplomatic facilities in the Middle East and North Africa. It was the fifth drone strike in less than two weeks in Yemen, where Al-Qaeda is rapidly gaining power. The Voice of Russia discussed the revival of US drone program and the current terrorist threat in the region with Sama'a Al-Hamdani, a Yemeni political analyst.
An intercepted conference call between al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and his top operatives prompted the United States to close its Middle East diplomatic missions, according to a report Wednesday. Online journal The Daily Beast, citing US intelligence sources, said more than 20 Al-Qaeda operatives from across the militant group's global network were on the call.
Yemeni security forces are on high alert Thursday amid fears of a looming al-Qaeda attack and reports the CIA resumed drone strikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen. The US State department described the possible terror attack as an "immediate, specific threat." Yemeni intelligence services said dozens of al-Qaeda members were discovered to have arrived in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, in preparation for an attack.
A US drone strike killed seven al Qaeda suspects in Yemen's southern Shabwa province early on Wednesday, tribal sources said, amid fears of an imminent attack by the network's deadly franchise.
Liquid explosives that could be put on clothes, is said to be the newest creation from the al-Qaeda network, according to a person affiliated with the group. US law enforcement is fearful that their latest weaponry can be used in future attacks, as reported by ABC News this week. (VIDEO)
The Obama administration authorized a series of drone strikes in Yemen over the past 10 days as part of an effort to disrupt an al-Qaeda terrorism plot that has forced the closure of American embassies around the world, US media report.
Saying it "serves" extremists, the Yemeni government stated that it regretted the evacuation of staff of major Western embassies from Sanaa over U.S. reported fears of an imminent Al-Qaeda attack.
As the US is evacuating its embassy staff from Yemen’s capital Sanaa due to what the Department of State says is the continued potential for terrorist attacks, the Voice of Russia talks with Stephen Lendman, a Chicago-based radio host and author, about current threat level and the prominence of Al Qaeda as the 'beacon of international terrorism'.
The United States is evacuating its embassy staff from Yemen’s capital Sanaa due to what the Department of State says is the continued potential for terrorist attacks. The Department has warned US citizens in Yemen to leave immediately because of an "extremely high" security threat level. Earlier, the US temporarily shut down more than 20 of its embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa. The Voice of Russia asked Valentina Soria, a Research Analyst on Counter-terrorism and Security at the Royal United Services Institute, about the current state of affairs in international counter-terrorism efforts and the long-lasting terror threat from Al Qaeda.
The British embassy in Yemen is to remain closed until the Muslim festival of Eid is finished amid “continuing security concerns” and fears “tensions could be heightened”, the Foreign Office said. At the same time, US officials said a number of its embassies in north Africa and the Middle East would remain shut until Saturday over an imminent terror threat.
The US embassies remain closed across most of the Middle East and North Africa, following warnings about potential terror plots. The State Department ordered more than 20 embassies and consulates regionwide to halt operations on Sunday in an unprecedented embassy shutdown since the 9/11 attacks on America. The closures may be extended up to a week, if the danger remains imminent. Yoram Schweitzer, a terrorism expert at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, talked with the Voice of Russia about what seems to be the most serious terrorist threat of the decade and the approaching anniversary of Benghazi attack.