Drone strikes in Yemen, embassy closures seen as response to al-Qaeda threat
By Max Ehrenfreund, Published: August 7
A U.S. drone strike reportedly killed seven alleged al-Qaeda members in Yemen Wednesday. The incident would be the fifth such strike in the country in the last two weeks, following a long period without drone activity. The recent strikes have apparently been in response to intelligence suggesting that al-Qaeda is planning an attack, which U.S. officials have cited as the reason for temporarily closing a number of embassies this week. Britain and France have also closed diplomatic posts.
In spite of the lengthy U.S. campaign against al-Qaeda, the terrorist network remains potent in some areas of Yemen: