Yemen: Al-Qaida plan to 'change face of history' led to US scare

By REUTERS
August 23, 2013 17:24

 
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SANAA - A vow made in a phone call by the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to carry out an attack that would "change the face of history" lay behind this month's closures of many Western embassies, Yemen's president said.

In the first public disclosure by a government leader of details of the intercepted call that prompted the US alert, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said AQAP head Nasser al-Wuhayshi made the pledge to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri on July 29.

Many US and other Western diplomatic missions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia closed temporarily as a precaution.

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