Al-Qaida chief’s message spurred embassy closures

WASHINGTON – Two officials say a that was intercepted between al- Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen led to the shutdown of U.S. .

A U.S. and a Mideast said al-Zawahri’s message was picked up several weeks ago and appeared to initially target Yemeni interests.

The intelligence official said the message was sent to Nasir al Wuhayshi, the head of the ’s , based in Yemen, that is known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Both officials spoke on condition of because they were not authorized to discuss the publicly.

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