Yemen: Al Qaeda threats lead to closure of U.S. embassy
The U.S. embassy in Yemen closed on Sunday following ongoing Al-Qaeda threats to attack American interests, an embassy statement said. "The US Embassy in Sanaa is closed today, January 3, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen," said the statement posted on the embassy's website.
On Thursday, the US mission sent a warden message to American citizens in the country reminding them of the "continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Amercian citizens and interests throughout the world." "We call upon every Muslim who cares about his religion and doctrine to assist in expelling the apostasies from the Arabian Peninsula, by killing every crusader who works at their embassies or other places, declare it an all-out war against every crusader on Mohammad's peninsula on land, air and sea," said an AQAP statement, cited by AFP.