U.S., Britain close embassies in Yemen

January 3, 2010
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“Threats by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula against targets in Yemen prompted the closure of the U.S. and British embassies there Sunday, officials said.

‘There are indications that al Qaeda is planning to carry out an attack against a target inside of Sanaa, possibly our embassy,’ John Brennan, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday. ‘And what we do is to take every measure possible to ensure the safety of our diplomats and citizens abroad, so the decision was made to close the embassy.’

The United States is working closely with the Yemeni government on the proper security precautions, he said.”

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