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Yemen's security forces on high alert on fears of al-Qaeda attack


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Yemen's security forces on high alert on fears of al-Qaeda attack

Security forces in Yemen have been placed on high alert amid fears of an al-Qaeda-linked attack.

Foreign diplomatic missions and government offices are being protected by ground troops and tanks.

The move comes as the Obama administration stepped up its drone campaign with a series of four strikes in quick succession, after intercepting messages between two prominent al-Qaeda leaders.

U.S. officials say this intelligence indicated that al-Qaeda’s leader had urged the group’s Yemeni branch to attack Western targets.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda leader that replaced Osama bin-Laden is said to have contacted Yemen-based Nasser al-Wuhayshi, head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The drone strikes ended a seven-week spell with no U.S. activity in the region, killing four presumed al-Qaeda militants.

As Washington and London evacuate their diplomats from the capital Sanaa in a climate of escalating tension, there are now mounting fears of al-Qaeda liquid bomb attacks.

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