Most U.S. diplomatic missions to reopen after al-Qaeda terror threat

An intercepted message between al-Qaeda officials, including Ayman al-Zawahiri (L), triggered the closures and put Yemeni forces on high alert. (Photo courtesy: The Telegraph)

The U.S. State Department says 18 of the 19 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa that have been closed due to a terrorist threat will reopen on Sunday or Monday.

Officials say the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, will remain closed.

A statement issued Friday didn't cite a reason for resuming regular business operations at the 18 diplomatic missions.

The 19 outposts had been closed since Sunday. Most American employees at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen were ordered to leave the country on Tuesday because of threat information.

An intercepted message between al-Qaeda officials about plans for a major terror attack triggered the closures.

A separate threat led to the closure Thursday of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan. It remains closed.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40