U.S. Embassy in Yemen Reopens But Terror Threat ‘Remains High’
January 5, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a Yemen resumed operations on Tuesday, after closing on Sunday in the wake of threats against the embassy and other American interests from a regional faction of al-Qaeda. After a two-day closure the embassy reopened, saying on its website that government forces addressed a specific threat endangering the embassy, but warned American citizens in the poor Arab country to remain vigilant.
The announcement released on the embassy’s official website refers to “the likelihood of imminent terrorist attacks” that have now been dealt with:
“The U.S. Embassy in Yemen re-opened for business on January 5, following a two-day closure prompted by credible information that pointed to the likelihood of imminent terrorist attacks in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. Successful counter-terrorism operations conducted by Government of Yemen security forces January 4 north of the capital have addressed a specific area of concern, and have contributed to the Embassy’s decision to resume operations. The United States commends the Government of Yemen for its efforts to disrupt Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) networks, and reiterates its commitment to continue to support these efforts.”
Soon after Gen. Petraeus head of US Middle East and Central Asian operations, met with Yemeni government officials on Saturday, the U.S. embassy shuttered its doors, urging embassy personnel to remain home. Petraeus made the trip to pledge additional support to government forces in the fight against terrorist insurgents, after the Yemen-based faction of al-Qaeda planned and directed a botched Christmas-day attack on an airliner bound for Detroit.
On Monday, government forces conducted a successful raid on the tribal village of Arhab, killing two al-Qaeda members. The two insurgents killed were followers of al-Qaeda leader, Mohammed Ahmed al-Hanq. With support from the U.S. and Britain, government forces will continue to wage operations against the group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The U.S. embassy remains on high alert and warns Americans that threats of terrorist attacks remain:
“Nevertheless, the threat of terrorist attacks against American interests remains high and the Embassy continues to urge its citizens in Yemen to be vigilant and take prudent security measures.”
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