2 Yemenis Shot by US Linked to Al Qaeda

    A general view of the U.S. embassy compound in Sanaa May 8, 2014. The United States has suspended operations of its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, to the public, citing recent attacks against Western interests in the country, the State Department said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3O9VE

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    U.S. officials admitted Friday that a special-operations commando and a CIA officer killed two armed Yemeni civilians who were trying to kidnap them in a barbershop on April 24. On Saturday, a Yemen official said that the two Yemenis were actually linked to an al Qaeda cell responsible for kidnapping and killing many foreigners, including a Frenchman just last week. Yemen officials have not yet acknowledged that Americans were responsible for the barbershop shooting, referring to them only as “foreigners.” While the State Department said the shooting is under investigation, Yemen is increasingly struggling with Islamic insurgents. On Sunday, six Yemeni army officers were killed by a suicide car bomb believed to be executed by al Qaeda.

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