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U.S. tells citizens to leave Yemen due to Terrorism

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department told American citizens in Yemen to leave immediately and airlifted U.S. government personnel out of the country.

us evacuating from yemen [1]Reuters reports [2] that the State Department closed the majority of embassies and other diplomatic missions in the Middle East region.

Some surmise that this was a direct reaction to last year’s Benghazi consulate attacks, where four Americans (including the U.S. ambassador) were killed by al-Qaeda in Libya.

Yemen is the base for one of the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda, called al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

American sources say that they discovered communication between Osama bin Laden’s successor Ayman al-Zawahri and the Yemeni al-Qaeda wing. The British are also temporarily evacuating their diplomatic staff on the ground in Yemen.