Yemen Authorities Foil Qaeda Plot, Reports Say
A day after the United States and Britain moved to withdraw personnel from Yemen after days of embassy closures and security alarms, security officials said on Wednesday that the authorities here had foiled an audacious plot by Al Qaeda to seize an important port using militants in Army uniforms to kidnap and kill foreigners there.
At the same time, the officials, who spoke in return for anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, said a fresh drone strike in the southeast of the country killed seven people on Wednesday. An earlier strike killed four on Tuesday.
The depiction of the foiled plot was the first indication of the reasons behind the growing Western concerns for the safety of their nationals. Intercepts of a secret correspondence between Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of Al Qaeda, and Nasir ul-Wuhayshi, the leader of the Qaeda affiliate in Yemen, inspired deep concern inside the American government about a possible terrorist plot by the group.