05 January 2010

U.S. Embassy in Yemen reopens

U.S. Embassy in Yemen reopens

Reporting from Beirut - Washington reopened its diplomatic outpost in Yemen today after shuttering it for two days because of "credible information that pointed to imminent terrorist attacks," said a statement posted by the U.S. Embassy website in Sana, the capital.

The U.S., Japan and several European nations shut their embassies this week amid worries about rising Al Qaeda activity on the troubled Arabian Peninsula. Western intelligence and counterterrorism officials have put a spotlight on Yemen after the suspect in the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight asserted that he was handed his instructions by a cleric in Yemen.
U.S. officials said they reopened the embassy today because a Yemeni counterterrorism operation on Monday "addressed a specific area of concern."

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