Al Qaeda decimated in Pakistan: US

Published August 7, 2013
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. — File Photo
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. — File Photo

WASHINGTON: The United States ordered Americans on Tuesday to leave Yemen “immediately” but also acknowledged that Al Qaeda cells in the Afghan-Pakistan region had been decimated.

“We are concerned about a threat stream indicating the potential for terrorist attacks against US persons or facilities overseas, especially emanating from the Arabian Peninsula,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“As such, the department is taking appropriate steps to protect our employees, including local employees and visitors to our facilities.”

At the Pentagon, spokesman George Little said US military personnel remained “on the ground in Yemen to support the US State Department and monitor the security situation”. At another State Department briefing, Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said threat levels in the Afghan-Pakistan region had decreased but not enough to stop drone attacks.

“We have made a great deal of success against Al Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan (and) we have taken a number of steps to really decimate that group’s leadership, including, of course, most importantly, Osama bin Laden,” she said.

The focus, however, had shifted to the Middle East “where first on that list is always AQAP (Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula)”, she added.

Spokeswoman Psaki said the State Department had also ordered a reduction in the number of emergency US government personnel in Yemen.

“We are concerned about a threat stream indicating the potential for terrorist attacks against US persons or facilities overseas, especially emanating from the Arabian Peninsula,” she said.

Opinion

Sub judice rule
18 Sep 2021

Sub judice rule

It is time this objection, sub judice, is laid to rest.
The Black Caps folly
Updated 18 Sep 2021

The Black Caps folly

There is so much wrong — and worrying — about the entire sorry episode of New Zealand backing out of Pakistan tour.
CT NAP revisited
Updated 18 Sep 2021

CT NAP revisited

A policy of appeasement towards extremists has undermined the state’s writ.
Pathways for reform
Updated 17 Sep 2021

Pathways for reform

Even now the government has said they are listening, but they have not said how they are listening.

Editorial

Blinken’s remarks
Updated 18 Sep 2021

Blinken’s remarks

The US establishment cannot scapegoat Pakistan for two decades of bad policy in Afghanistan.
18 Sep 2021

Worrying survey

THE findings of the Labour Force Survey 2018-19 indicate that some important headline trends have already taken or...
18 Sep 2021

Special needs

THE fact that only 3,653 children with special needs, out of some 300,000 in Sindh, are registered with the...
TTP amnesty?
Updated 17 Sep 2021

TTP amnesty?

An amnesty should be for some individuals, not the entire outfit.
17 Sep 2021

Media regulation

THE needless controversy over media regulation may finally be heading for a resolution. In a meeting with ...
17 Sep 2021

Refusing audit

THE continuous resistance put up by several public-sector organisations to submitting their accounts for audit by ...