March 22, 2015 / 3:10 AM / in 5 years

U.S. evacuates special operations forces from Yemen

A man walks past the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, after the road in front of it was opened by police in this file March 4, 2015 photo. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has evacuated its remaining personnel, including about 100 special operations forces, from Yemen because of the deteriorating security situation there, U.S. officials said on Saturday.

The U.S. pullout, which came as the U.N. Security Council prepared to meet on Sunday on a request from embattled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi for an “urgent intervention,” marked a further setback in U.S. counterterrorism efforts against a powerful al Qaeda branch in the country.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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