U.S. May Be Overreacting To Terrorist Threat By Al Qaeda

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The continuing response to a suspected Al Qaeda terror threat — evidently coming from the highest levels of the organization — is also creating worry that the U.S. may be overreacting to the intelligence, and revealing sensitive information in the process.

Officials have said they are shutting down embassies and consulates out of an “abundance of caution.” Those precautions hit a new level on Tuesday, as the military evacuated about 70 U.S. personnel out of Yemen and flew them to a base in Germany. Meanwhile, The State Department is urging all U.S. citizens in Yemen to get out if they can.

There are approximately 1,400 U.S. Marines aboard Naval vessels off the coast of Yemen, according to a senior U.S. defense official. They have been there for a while, but are in a position to assist if needed, the official said.

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