ABU DHABI Ñ More than 900 Americans were leaving Bahrain following a U.S.
military order for families of sailors and Defense Department staffers to
evacuate the kingdom.
U.S. officials said the Americans began leaving the kingdom over the
weekend in an effort to avoid an Al Qaida strike against Western targets in
Bahrain. They said the Americans were being flown out of Manama to a U.S.
The number of dependents of U.S. military personnel in Bahrain was
reported at 930, Middle East Newsline reported.
The officials said the dependents would
remain outside of Bahrain for at least 30 days during which the security
situation would be reviewed.
The exodus began on July 9 when dozens of family members left Manama for
the U.S. Navy station in Norfolk, Va. Officials said the process would
continue into August.
"We have begun the relocation of our family members," U.S. Fifth Fleet
spokesman Cmdr. James Graybeal said. "We expect the process to take a few
weeks to complete."