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U.S. Embassies Reopening After Terrorist Threat

The compound of the U.S. embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
The United States is reopening some of the diplomatic missions across the Middle East and Africa that it closed last week following a security alert.

Several U.S. embassies, including the missions in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Libya, and the U.S. consulate in Dubai reopened on August 11, while others are to reopen next week.

The United States closed 19 missions in the Middle East and Africa on August 4 because of what U.S. officials said was a terrorist threat from Al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Communications intercepts reportedly included an attack order from Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri to Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

U.S. officials have said all its missions will reopen this week, except the embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa