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The US and British embassies in Sana'a closed their doors after receiving intelligence of possible al Qaeda attacks. Britain has deployed counterterroism teams to Yemen to aid in the targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. More than 20 Britons are thought to have trained in Yemeni terror camps over the past several months.
Somalia-based Shabaab vowed to send fighters to Yemen to battle the US and Yemeni security forces. The US will double the $70 million in security aid to Yemen this year, according to US CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus.
Yemeni security forces claimed to have captured an al Qaeda operative during a raid in the western province of Hudaydah. The US government is actively investigating Anwar al Awlaki's ties to the Christmas Day airliner bombing plot. Awlaki is a US citizen.
Yemen's foreign minister said hundreds of al Qaeda operatives are based in the country. "There are maybe hundreds of them: 200, 300 -- I don't have real (hard) figures," Foreign Minister Abubakr al Qirbi said. Anwar al Alwaki reportedly provided religious justification for the Christmas Day airline plot.