Rocket attack near U.S. embassy in Yemen; No U.S. injuries reported

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A rocket was fired at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen earlier today, and thankfully, no U.S. personnel were injured:

Rocket fired at Yemeni special police guarding U.S. embassy in Sanaa: police

— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) September 27, 2014

Huge mystery as a "decimated", "on the run" Al Qaeda manages to fire rocket at US Embassy in Yemen #tcot

— The People's Cube (@ThePeoplesCube) September 27, 2014

#Yemen #Update Suspected #AQAP fired RPG/LAW @ a barricade near a #SSF vehicle.. >100 meters from the #US embassy in Sana'a, no fatalities

— Mohammed Albasha (@Yemen411) September 27, 2014

Reuters is reporting the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia, an affiliate of al Qaeda, is taking credit for the attack in retaliation for a recent drone strike in Yemen.

The U.S. embassy, however, tweeted out that there’s no indication that our facilities were the target:

We have no reason to believe the US Embassy was target. Chancery unaffected. Yemeni government looking into situation. #Yemen

— US Embassy Yemen (@USEmbassyYemen) September 27, 2014

And Yemen expert Jane Novak adds that claims from Ansar al-Sharia aren’t always credible:

. @adammbaron Ansar al Shairia (alBeladi, #DAESH linked, beheading wing #AQAP) ehadis also took "credit" #Sanaa attack that never happened

— Jane Novak (@JNovak_Yemen) September 27, 2014

Yes, it’s a mess:

Our Embassy in Yemen is in the middle of a mess right now. Been bad for days since the peace agreement broke down

— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) September 27, 2014

End note: So much for those White House claims that Yemen is successful model in how we fight terrorism:

. @Bookwormdearlor yes we played the sound last night on #KellyFile on how WH said just yesterday #yemen was success @megynkelly

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) September 27, 2014

Just a reminder: WH cited Yemen as a success story less than two weeks ago as part of its defense of strategy on ISIS

— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) September 27, 2014

WH: our ISIS strategy will be modeled after our successes in Yemen, where today al-Qaeda attacked our embassy.

— Razor (@hale_razor) September 27, 2014


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