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Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat [Yemen]
U.S. Department of State ^ | January 03, 2010 | staff

Posted on 01/03/2010 4:18:45 AM PST by gandalftb

Press Releases

Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat

The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is closed today, January 3, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen.

On December 31, the U.S. Embassy sent a warden message to Americans citizens in Yemen to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to practice enhanced security awareness.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; bhostatedept; closed; embassy; military; obama; plitics; sanaa; tm; usembassy; waronterror; yemen
The eastern 3 provinces of Yemen have no government presence. Al Qaeda and the local tribes are one. This is bin Ladens home territory.
1 posted on 01/03/2010 4:18:49 AM PST by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb
The terrorists are winning the psyops war.

The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. Killing people and smashing things is a method, not the objective.

2 posted on 01/03/2010 4:23:35 AM PST by Clive
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To: gandalftb

Yemen says reports on al-Qaeda exaggerated

[03/January/2010] Yemen News Agency (SABA):

SANA’A, Jan, 03 (Saba) - National Security head, Ali al-Anisi, affirmed that counter-terrorism is a national necessity that needs integral efforts of the state and society segments.

All what has been said about al-Qaeda in Yemen was exaggerated, he said, assuring that Yemen is not a safe haven for al-Qaeda militants


3 posted on 01/03/2010 4:36:23 AM PST by gandalftb (OK State football: Cotton Bowl bound vs. Ole Miss......Go Cowboys!!!)
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To: gandalftb
Yemen Times:

SANA’A, Dec. 30 — A Member of the Yemeni parliament Shawqi Al-Qadhi warned the U.S. on Tuesday against sending its troops to Yemen to fight Al-Qaeda, describing such action as “a disaster by all means.”

The warning comes while some senators argue that “Yemen will be tomorrow’s war” for the US.

“If the U.S insists on sending its troops to Yemen, the whole Yemeni people will turn to the Al-Qaeda,” said Al-Qadhi, who represents the opposition party, the JMP.

4 posted on 01/03/2010 4:39:45 AM PST by gandalftb (OK State football: Cotton Bowl bound vs. Ole Miss......Go Cowboys!!!)
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To: gandalftb

Therefore, it is where al qaeda is heading, the next war zone, and the people of Yemen want the idiots out. How have the people from Saddam Hussein’s home town been lately?


5 posted on 01/03/2010 4:43:08 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: gandalftb
This is bin Ladens home territory.

Now wait a cotton-pickin' minute, here. All through the presidential campaign in '08, I remember Obama beating GW Bush over the head with the fact that he hadn't got bin Laden in more than 7 years of wars.

And I distinctly remember Obama practically swearing on his typical white granny's head, that when he became president, he was gonna stay focused on the real mission - he was gonna get bin Laden. Obama was gonna show us all how it was done.

Now, nearly a year into his term in office, bin Laden isn't caught, and he isn't dead? He's in control of al Qaida in Yemen?

Why isn't the MSM browbeating Obama about his campaign promise that remains unfulfilled?

I am about sick up-to-here with the lot of 'em.

Obama, Osama, and MSM.

6 posted on 01/03/2010 4:55:07 AM PST by onemiddleamerican (FUBO - and all your terrorist buddies, too!)
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To: huldah1776

~430K km2 for Iraq and ~530K km2 for Yemen. With colors being cased in Iraq and a new home of AQ just around the corner that our Saudi “friends” want chased away because they are incapable and unwilling of doing it themselves.

Hell no, let the Saud boys figure it out for themselves. They figured out how to screw the American public for decades, let them figure out this one too.


7 posted on 01/03/2010 5:05:07 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov.)
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To: onemiddleamerican

“Why isn’t the MSM browbeating Obama about his campaign promise that remains unfulfilled?”

So which promise do they begin with? Even the NYT is not big enough, and getting smaller everyday, to cover them all.


8 posted on 01/03/2010 5:07:52 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov.)
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To: mazda77

Another thread says British troups headed for Yeah- Man!


9 posted on 01/03/2010 5:16:13 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: mazda77
I know Obama has a gazillion promises unfulfilled, but I am speaking about his promise to show us how a real leader stops terrorists and "get bin Laden".

I know he's a candy-ass liar and a terrorist symp, and I know the MSM won't call him on his lies. My comments were mostly an angry cry in the darkness.

10 posted on 01/03/2010 5:17:15 AM PST by onemiddleamerican (FUBO - and all your terrorist buddies, too!)
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To: gandalftb

At least he didn’t promise the mother of all wars, a crushing defeat and all that jazz.


11 posted on 01/03/2010 5:25:52 AM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: gandalftb

Sending troops isn’t the answer. That just gets the good guys killed, it drags on forever with nothing much accomplished, and is too expensive moneywise. We’ve been talking parking lot for how many years now and it’s high time every AQ stronghold was leveled.


12 posted on 01/03/2010 5:31:42 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: gandalftb

I didn’t know what a “warden message” was, although the context made it easy to guess. Anyway, I looked it up. FYI for anyone else sharing my ignorance:

http://burma.usembassy.gov/warden_messages.html


13 posted on 01/03/2010 5:32:43 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: gandalftb

When did Al Qaeda become a terrorist organization in the eyes of the A$$ Clown and his inept and incompetent administration? I thought they were “man-made disaster” clubs...


14 posted on 01/03/2010 5:40:03 AM PST by Common Sense 101
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To: bgill

Good point.

What are they going to respond with? An underwear or shoe bomber...Uh, wait, they have already done this.Guess this time they will just send us a very, very angry video.


15 posted on 01/03/2010 5:42:28 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: gandalftb
quick zer0bama.....bow down to your overlords before they attack again!!!!(obvious s )
16 posted on 01/03/2010 5:42:51 AM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: hoosiermama

Aeden was the first colonial stop on British Airways “east of Suez”

I don’t think it was a full fledged colony, but there was a strong British presence in proximity to the southern end of the Red Sea.


17 posted on 01/03/2010 5:46:58 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: gandalftb

With the embassy closed maybe we won’t be able to issue any more visas to the terrorists there...just hoping.


18 posted on 01/03/2010 5:48:54 AM PST by BobL (When Democrats start to love this country more than they hate Republicans, good things might happen.)
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To: gandalftb
As you say, Yemen is Osama's ancestral home. I also believe he is/was the top gun behind the panty bomber event and the CIA killings. Guessing he's got a mole and a good one in the CIA.

Yemen was an "old camp" circa 9-11. I also believe we were looking for him in this area at some point in time....maybe after bora bora??

LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE OUR INTELLIGENCE!!! WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM!!!

19 posted on 01/03/2010 5:49:56 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: onemiddleamerican

Yea, I know, just neglected to add the /sarc. Good on ya.


20 posted on 01/03/2010 5:55:17 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov.)
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To: gandalftb
On December 31, the U.S. Embassy sent a warden message to Americans citizens in Yemen to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world.

Obama just got through telling us these attacks are against our 'system', not us as Americans. Which is it, Obama?

21 posted on 01/03/2010 6:15:59 AM PST by bcsco (Hey, GOP: The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration...)
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To: gandalftb

For additional “insider” information on the war on terror, much of which you will not have heard elsewhere, I invite all Freepers to visit and participate in The Terrorism and Intelligence Blog at http://terrorismandintelligence.blogspot.com/

Gunny, out


22 posted on 01/03/2010 7:08:59 AM PST by GunnyBob ("The truth hurts -- and pain builds character.")
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To: GunnyBob
Wrong. It is cowardly to leave and turn the country over to the enemy in this war.

Obama ducks again.

The President needs to retaliate harshly and militarily for this Al Qaeda attack on the US. Destroy their training camps and staging areas. Soon!

Al Qaeda says the US is weak. Don't prove them right by turning tail and doing nothing again.

23 posted on 01/03/2010 7:39:27 AM PST by Rapscallion (They really did pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. How now?)
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To: gandalftb

Probably a good idea to pull our embassy people out of there.

I’m not sure Americans would tolerate another 444 day stint of a Hostage Crisis as we did while Carter was President.

Eh. At this point the MSM wouldn’t even REPORT a hostage taking if it happened to save the hind end of their Golden Man-Child. Grrrrrrr!


24 posted on 01/03/2010 8:08:27 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: gandalftb

Msot of the terrorists of Yemen are right here in the US. We are infested with terror cells.


25 posted on 01/03/2010 8:19:35 AM PST by eleni121 (For Jesus did not give us a timid spirit , but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline)
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To: gandalftb

They close the EMBASSY to protect the “special ones”, but they let they panty bombers on OUR planes!


26 posted on 01/03/2010 8:33:33 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: gandalftb

This is a sign of weakness, Al Q has won in that region.


27 posted on 01/03/2010 8:53:59 AM PST by unique
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To: gandalftb
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

I think this attempt to name this group and give it an acronym is simply an attempt by the press to legitimize this group. Who in the world comes up with these names? Obviously they do not speak English so if they were to have an acronym it is unlikely to be this one.

28 posted on 01/03/2010 10:33:23 AM PST by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: unique
Agreed, this is a practical problem in that we have failed to harden our embassy. The home addresses of all 511 employees is likely known to the enemy. How can they be safe if the embassy is not?

Yemen is in total war. We never closed the embassy in Baghdad or Kabul with all the fighting there.

And, we just released 6 more Yemenis to Yemen.

We are planning to release 91 more, back to Yemen. There will come a time when the Obama administration will appear to be collectively incompetent to a point of treason.

29 posted on 01/03/2010 11:57:31 AM PST by gandalftb (OK State football: Cotton Bowl bound vs. Ole Miss......Go Cowboys!!!)
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To: w1andsodidwe

AQ leadership in Arabia chose that name to distinguish themselves from AQ as a global entity. AQAP is more than a franchise, it is the core leadership of AQ come to Arabia to restore the caliphate to islam and destroy the House of Saud.


30 posted on 01/03/2010 12:00:54 PM PST by gandalftb (OK State football: Cotton Bowl bound vs. Ole Miss......Go Cowboys!!!)
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To: gandalftb
AQ leadership in Arabia chose that name to distinguish themselves from AQ as a global entity.

So, these guys speak English?

31 posted on 01/03/2010 12:26:15 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: gandalftb

Sounds right to me.

Also, simply because Bush released Gitmo types isn’t the issue now - it’s my understand that the real hard core terrorists remain in Gitmo, but all of a sudden under Obama they are ready to go....

We really need a ‘talk softly but carry a big stick’ approach at this time, perhaps not talking so softly at this point. Let’s face it, Obama is as soft as they come and no one believes he would use a big stick and if he does, it would only be a showtime event, not serious and ongoing.

We seem really screwed right now. I’m just happy that I have no need to fly anywhere at this point in my life but I feel the pain of Americans do will be flying - up to 300 of them may face death in the near future. We are, at this point, acting way to civilized to stop disasters - especially with those that want to kill Americans not civilized at all. What a shame.


32 posted on 01/03/2010 1:01:54 PM PST by unique
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I think the US pulled all non-essentials and dependents out of the embassy about 3 or 4 years ago. I went to Yemen on vacation last year.


33 posted on 01/04/2010 1:36:39 PM PST by Cheesehead in Texas
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