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US Personnel Evacuated from Yemen, Americans Urged to Leave

Almost 100 U.S. government personnel were evacuated from Yemen at dawn Tuesday as the State Department urged all Americans in the country to leave “immediately” because of an “extremely high” threat of a terrorist attack.
Almost 100 U.S. government personnel were evacuated from Yemen at dawn Tuesday as the State Department urged all Americans in the country to leave “immediately” because of an “extremely high” threat of a terrorist attack.

U.S. officials said the “non-emergency evacuation" of that “just under a hundred” personnel was carried out by an US Air Force C-17 which took off from the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, bound for Ramstein air base in Germany. Some essential embassy staff stayed behind.
The operation to get people out happened as a drone strike killed at least four suspected al Qaeda members in the country.

A total of 19 U.S. embassies remained closed Tuesday after intelligence agencies intercepted an electronic communication between two of al Qaeda’s top leaders in which they agreed they “wanted to do something big” this past Sunday, according to sources.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as the head of al Qaeda, and Nasir al-Wahishi, leader of Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, wanted to time a significant attack to a Muslim holiday known as "The Night of Destiny," the day the Koran was revealed to Mohammed, the sources said.

In a statement Tuesday, the State Department said there was a “high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest.”

“The department urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Yemen and those U.S. citizens currently living in Yemen to depart immediately,” it said.

Read more: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/06/19889852-us-personnel-evacuated-from-yemen-americans-urged-to-leave-amid-terror-threat
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