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US re-opens Yemen embassy after security alert

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US re-opens Yemen embassy after security alert


The US has reopened its embassy in Yemen, saying the killing of two suspected al-Qaeda members yesterday had done enough to calm security fears.

The embassy shut its doors on Sunday after a reported terrorist threat.

Yemen has emerged as a potential base for al-Qaeda and been thrust to the forefront of Washington’s efforts to defeat the radical Islamist group.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said earlier from Washington: “In that region, the spillover effects from instability are directly impacting on neighbours. Obviously, we see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al-Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region.”

A man suspected of trying to blow up a plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day had allegedly been trained in Yemen, where a weak government is already struggling with separate insurgencies on two fronts.

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