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US, Britain withdraw embassy staff from Yemen

Drone targets Al Qaeda; army helicopter shot

SANA, Yemen — Yemen was thrust back into the forefront of the international fight against terrorism Tuesday when the United States and Britain evacuated embassy staff due to a threatened attack, a suspected US drone killed four alleged members of Al Qaeda, and militants shot down a Yemeni Army helicopter.

As Westerners flew out of the country, Yemeni authorities launched an investigation into the Al Qaeda threat to multiple potential targets in the impoverished Arab nation. Security officials said they believed the terror network was seeking retaliation for a US-backed military offensive that has dealt serious setbacks to the terror network’s most active branch, including the death earlier this year of its number two leader.

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