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The U.S. has closed its embassy in Yemen due to threats of violence while American military presence there is set to double.

“The United States has closed its embassy in Sanaa citing threats from an al-Qaeda group. The US embassy posted a message on its website on Sunday saying it was closed ‘in response to ongoing threats by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack American interests in Yemen’. It did not say when it would reopen. Embassy officials would not comment if there was a specific threat, but Hakim al-Masmari, the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post newspaper, told Al Jazeera that the closure can only mean ‘that they believe al-Qaeda threat is very serious’. ‘If you look at the recent video tapes from al-Qaeda, they clearly mention they have no enemy in Yemen except the US interests in Yemen. They warned the Yemeni soldiers against helping the Americans in any such way,’ al-Masmari said. ‘We really expect attacks on the US interests in the next month by al-Qaeda.’ The US move came shortly after the British government announced plans to join the United States in funding an ‘anti-terrorist’ force in Yemen.”


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