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article imageUS urges Americans to leave Yemen, carries out drone strikes

By Sami Zaatari     Aug 6, 2013 in World
At least four suspected militants were killed by American drone strikes carried out in Yemen. The drone strikes come as the U.S. government urged its citizens to leave Yemen.
According to security officials, none of those killed in the drone strikes were amongst the 25 most wanted militants in Yemen, and it's also unclear if the drone strikes were related to the possible threat on American embassies in the region.
The U.S. embassy in Yemen meanwhile has sent out an emergency message for U.S. citizens in the country, urging them to leave Yemen at once, citing Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as a security threat.
75 U.S. embassy staffers have been evacuated out of Yemen, being flown out of the country on a military aircraft.
The British government has also warned its citizens to stay away from Yemen, and for any British citizens inside Yemen to leave at once.
The heightened U.S. alert level in the Middle East and North Africa is a result of intercepted chatter between Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
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