April 6, 2013 |
The Obama administration is still struggling with how to make good on the president's promise to ensure that its counterterrorism programs, including drone strikes, are "even more transparent to the American people and to the world. " After President Obama's pledge in his State of the Union address in mid-February, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate hearing in early March that the president would publicly address the issue "in a relatively short period of time.
September 20, 2011 |
The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said. One of the installations is being established in Ethiopia, a U.S. ally in the fight against al-Shabab, the Somali militant group that controls much of that country. Another base is in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where a small fleet of "hunter-killer" drones resumed operations this month after an experimental mission demonstrated that the unmanned aircraft could effectively patrol Somalia from there.
May 9, 2012 |
SANAA, Yemen — For al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, the volunteer seemed ideal. He was willing to die in a suicide operation , and he had travel papers that would allow him to board a U.S.-bound flight. It was a perfect dangle, in the parlance of spycraft, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took the bait. The group's bombmaker fitted the man with a new version of a nonmetallic "underwear bomb. " What he didn't know was that the would-be martyr was an agent run by Saudi Arabia.
June 29, 2011 |
A U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of a militant Somali organization tied to al-Qaeda, apparently wounding them, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation said Wednesday. The strike last week against senior members of al-Shabab comes amid growing concern within the U.S. government that some leaders of the Islamist group are collaborating more closely with al-Qaeda to strike targets beyond Somalia, the military official said. The airstrike makes Somalia at least the sixth country where the United States is using drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks, joining Afghanistan , Pakistan , Libya , Iraq and Yemen . And it comes as the CIA is expected to begin flying armed drones over Yemen in its hunt for al-Qaeda operatives.
July 15, 2013 |
Roscoe S. "Rocky" Suddarth, a veteran Foreign Service officer and specialist in Middle Eastern affairs who served as U.S. ambassador to Jordan during the period immediately preceding the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, died June 29 at Georgetown University Hospital. He was 77. The cause was leukemia, said his wife, Michele Suddarth. Mr. Suddarth, who spoke Arabic fluently, served in Mali, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. For three weeks in 1967, he was a "selected" hostage in Yemen to protect from execution USAID workers accused of plotting to overthrow the government.
November 1, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN 10 years since the first strike by an armed U.S. drone killed an al-Qaeda leader and five associates in Yemen. Since then, according to unofficial counts, there have been more than 400 "targeted killing" drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia — countries where the United States is not fighting a conventional war. About 3,000 people have been killed, including scores — maybe hundreds — of civilians. And though the United States is winding down its military mission in Afghanistan, the Obama administration, as The Post's Greg Miller reported last week, "expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years.
December 27, 2009
Staff writers Peter Finn, Sholnn Freeman, Hamil Harris, Carrie Johnson, Paul Kane, Glenn Kessler, Anne E. Kornblut, Kari Lydersen, Ben Pershing and Joe Stephens; staff researcher Julie Tate; foreign correspondent Sudarsan Raghavan in Sanaa, Yemen, and special correspondent Karla Adam in London contributed to these reports.
June 6, 2012 |
The House and Senate intelligence committees announced plans Wednesday to draft new laws against leaks of classified information, adding to an uproar on Capitol Hill over a series of recent stories that revealed details of terrorism threats and CIA programs. Citing "the accelerating pace of such disclosures," the two committees said in a joint statement that they planned to "act immediately" by bolstering legal restrictions and putting new pressure on the Obama administration to stanch the flow of secrets.
December 7, 2011
Christopher Boucek, 38, an authority on the Islamic world who had done research on Saudi Arabia and Yemen and was an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, died Nov. 2 at Reston Hospital Center. His wife, Marie Boucek, said he had a heart attack. He lived in Reston. Dr. Boucek first came to Washington in 1994 as an intern at the State Department. In the late 1990s, he worked with several D.C. organizations dealing with U.S.-Arab relations. He moved to Cairo in 2000 to edit an English-language newspaper and then returned to Washington as media analyst at the Saudi Embassy.
May 13, 2008
Developing countries lose about $92 billion a year because fewer girls than boys attend school, a British charity called Plan estimates, based on a study linking low female school enrollment with lowered economic growth. Here are examples of enrollment gaps and estimated losses in gross national income. Country Gender gap Income lost (billions) Yemen 17% $1.5 India 12% $33 Nigeria 6% $1.7 SOURCE: www.plan-international.org/news/girlseducation