Yemen on the Brink As Terrorist Threat Shuts Embassies


On Aug. 6, Jane Marriott, the U.K.'s ambassador to Yemen, marked dawn with a tweet: "It's a beautiful morning in this wonderful country called Yemen. Here's hoping for a peaceful Ramadan and Eid." Hours later, she and other personnel evacuated the British embassy--the U.S. consulate closed, but essential staffers remain--amid threats that an al-Qaeda attack was imminent.

The U.S. State Department justified its move by citing "an abundance of caution." But intelligence showed the warnings came from an intercepted conversation between al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Pakistan and Nasser...

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