June 11, 2011 |
SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni soldiers battled Islamic militants Saturday in an attempt to drive them from several southern towns under the control of hundreds of the fighters. The clashes killed 40 people from both sides, officials said. In a twist, the army commander leading the campaign to drive back the Islamists is among several top military figures who have turned against the country's embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and thrown their support behind the broad protest movement pushing for his ouster.
November 26, 2008
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former driver for Osama bin Laden was transferred from Guantanamo Bay to his homeland of Yemen to serve the remaining 32 days of his sentence, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Salim Hamdan, the first man to go before a U.S. war crimes trial since the end of World War II, was convicted Aug. 6 of providing material support to terrorism, and the military reserved the option of keeping him locked up indefinitely if it considered him to be a continued threat. Instead, the United States decided to send him home.
October 8, 2011 |
SANAA, Yemen — In his first major speech since returning to Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh made vague comments Saturday that he is willing to leave power but offered no concrete plan for the country's future. Yemen's opposition voiced doubt that the embattled leader was serious. It was not the first time Saleh has expressed a willingness to step down amid eight months of protests demanding his ouster. But he has repeatedly refused to resign immediately and rejected a U.S.-backed deal for him to hand over his authority.
November 25, 2009 |
SANAA, YEMEN -- The last remaining Jews in Yemen are vanishing, driven out by politics, war and hatred. Once numbering 60,000, one of the oldest Jewish populations in the Arab world now has fewer than 350 members. In recent months, persecution by Islamist extremists has intensified, accelerating Jews' flight from Yemen. Many are heading to the United States. With the help of the U.S. government and U.S.-based Jewish organizations, 57 Yemeni Jews have been resettled in New York since July.
April 20, 2011 |
SANAA, YEMEN — When pro-government snipers killed 52 protesters last month, opponents of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh thought the United States would finally support calls for his immediate resignation. But the Obama administration has yet to publicly urge one of its key allies in the Middle East to step down. Its policy has fallen far short of the strong actions that Washington took in Egypt and in Libya, where it is using its military and diplomatic might to press for a new leadership.
November 23, 2011 |
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh bowed to opposition demands Wednesday and effectively ended his 33-year rule, turning power over to his vice president in advance of elections early next year. On the other side of the Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain's ruling monarchy pledged reforms after welcoming the release of an independent investigation's conclusion that government security forces tortured and otherwise abused pro-democracy protesters early this year, killing at least 30. The separate events provided some breathing room for two countries roiled by the Arab Spring uprisings , and for the Obama administration, which has substantial security interests in both.
July 15, 2011 |
SANAA, Yemen — Six people were killed and about 40 wounded by a U.S. drone missile attack in Yemen's restive southern province of Abyan, security officials and tribal leaders said Friday. The victims of the Thursday airstrike were believed to be Islamist militants in al-Wadhi district suspected of having links with al-Qaeda, they said. The officials, who asked not to be identified, said the fighters escaped from Mudiah district in Abyan after tribal forces pushed them away from that region.
February 14, 2012 |
SANAA, Yemen — For 33 years, a small photograph of President Ali Abdullah Saleh ran every day on the top left corner of the front page of al-Thawra, the government newspaper. On Feb. 1, a new editor aligned with Yemen's populist revolt removed the photo. The next day, armed tribesmen stormed the gates. Terrified journalists fled the building, leaving Saleh's loyalists in control of the paper. On Feb. 3, the president's image was back on the front page, in color, along with an apology.
March 6, 2011 |
SANAA, YEMEN — The United States on Sunday warned citizens in Yemen to consider leaving the country as violence escalated between government loyalists and protesters seeking the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The State Department upgraded its travel warning for the country, saying the embassy's ability to assist in the event of a crisis was "very limited. " Officials described the security threat as "extremely high due to terrorist activities and civil unrest. " The warning came a day after British officials issued similar warnings to their citizens.
May 25, 2013 |
Four years ago, as a new al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen was proving itself a potent adversary, the Obama administration made plans to attack it with airstrikes just as the United States had been doing to the terrorist network's core in Pakistan. But this time, the White House decided there would be a key difference: The strikes in Yemen would be carried out by the U.S. military, not the CIA. Two years later, in mid-2011, a mysterious construction project began to emerge in the Saudi desert, an elongated compound with a ribbon of concrete running parallel to the ridgelines of the surrounding dunes.