US, UK close Yemen embassies over al-Qaida threats
timesofearth.com SAN'A, Yemen — The United States and Britain have closed their embassies in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, citing security concerns after 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". A British foreign office spokeswoman said later that it too had shut its embassy because of "security concerns". Neither mission would confirm if there had been a specific threat made against them or say when the embassies might reopen. Hakim al-Masmari, the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post newspaper, told AFP news agency 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. Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, has said he will hold a meeting in London on January 28 to discuss how to counter radicalisation in Yemen. British officials also said that Brown and Barack Obama, the US president, believed more peacekeepers were needed to <b>...</b>
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