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Al-Qaeda calls for fresh attacks as US pulls embassy staff

Published on Sep 16, 2012 8:13 AM
A policemen checks the damage caused to vehicles inside the American embassy after it was attacked by protesters in Tunis September 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (AFP) - Al-Qaeda called for fresh attacks against United States targets in the Arab world and the West, as Washington said it was pulling non-essential embassy staff out of Sudan and Tunisia.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) also called for more violence against US diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, and urged Muslims in the West to attack US interests, SITE Intelligence Group said.

The US State Department ordered all non-essential personnel to leave Sudan and Tunisia following embassy attacks over an anti-Islam video, warning US citizens against travel there.

Hours earlier, Sudan had refused a US request to send in special forces to protect the Khartoum embassy, after protesters attacked it on Friday.

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