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US embassy in Yemen reopens after al-Qaida threats
SANAA, JAN 5 (Agencies):
Published on 5 Jan. 2010 10:54 PM IST
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The US embassy in Yemen reopened on Tuesday after a two-day closure prompted by al-Qaida threats against Western targets in the country, the embassy said, highlighting "successful" Yemeni security measures. The embassy said that Yemeni security forces addressed a "specific area of concern" in the north of the capital on Monday, prompting the embassy's decision to reopen. "Successful counter-terrorism operations conducted by the 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," it said. "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," it said. The statement was referring to Al-Qaeda's franchise in Yemen which claimed responsibility for the failed attack on a US airliner on Christmas Day, and urged attacks on Western interests in the country. The embassy statement appeared also to refer to a security operation conducted by Yemeni police on Monday in the area of Arhab, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Sanaa, where two suspected members of al-Qaida were killed and three others wounded. The interior ministry said Tuesday that all foreign missions and interests were "safe" pointing out that it has reinforced security measures around embassies and residents of foreigners. The British and French embassies had followed the US mission's decision to close over security concerns. There was no sign on Tuesday that they had reopened. The culprit of the botched attack on the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, has reportedly confessed to being trained by an Al-Qaeda bombmaker in Yemen for his suicide mission. US President Barack Obama has revealed that Abdulmutallab spent time in Yemen during the summer where he was allegedly in contact with AQAP.

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