August 17, 2012 |
The tents are still in Change Square. So is the large billboard declaring "Get Out. " Portraits of young activists killed in protests still grace the walls, an inspiration to many here who say their job is unfinished. "We didn't come here to fight against one person," said Ibrahim al-Khatab, 20, a student who has lived in his tent for nearly 17 months. "The goals of the revolution have not all been achieved. " It's been six months since a populist revolt ended President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule . But here in Change Square — the nexus of the uprising, where tens of thousands once gathered — the revolution continues, in a different shape and form.
August 14, 2012 |
SANAA, Yemen — Clashes erupted in Yemen's capital on Tuesday between the new government's forces and soldiers loyal to the former regime, highlighting the divisions and volatility in the country six months after a populist uprising ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hours after current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left the country to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia, elite Republican Guard soldiers under the command of Saleh's son surrounded the Defense Ministry. Government troops quickly moved to protect the building, located in the capital's center.
August 8, 2012 |
President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday defended the administration's strategy to stem the growth of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, saying its use of targeted killing is part of a wider approach that includes humanitarian, development and military assistance. The remarks by John O. Brennan at the Council on Foreign Relations were prompted in part by criticism from foreign policy experts who have argued that U.S. airstrikes in Yemen do not address the underlying causes of extremism there.
July 19, 2012 |
In the latest sign of Washington's deepening involvement in Yemen's battle against an al-Qaeda affiliate, the U.S. military is preparing to give more than $100 million in counterterrorism and security aid to the Arabian country this year, according to newly obtained documents. The U.S. government suspended military assistance to Yemen more than a year ago in response to then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh's suppression of mass protests and other challenges to his 33-year rule.
June 7, 2012
Thanks for the June 3 front-page article " Increase in drone strikes in Yemen raises questions . " A quick read told me that, from the president on down, the U.S. government is not questioning itself about the use of drones. It is steadfast in its determination to expand the criteria for the use of drone technology, which already defy both international and U.S. law. This is "waterboarding isn't torture" all over again. Helen Schietinger, Washington
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.
June 2, 2012 |
There is little doubt among U.S. intelligence officials that Kaid and Nabil al-Dhahab — brothers who reportedly survived a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Memorial Day — are associated with the al-Qaeda insurgency in that country. Less clear is the extent to which they are plotting against the United States. "It's still an open question," a U.S. counterterrorism official said. The siblings were related by marriage to Anwar al-Awlaki , an al-Qaeda operative killed in September, but they have not been connectedto a major plot.
May 29, 2012 |
Aden, Yemen — Across the vast, rugged terrain of southern Yemen, an escalating campaign of U.S. drone strikes is stirring increasing sympathy for al-Qaeda-linked militants and driving tribesmen to join a network linked to terrorist plots against the United States. After recent U.S. missile strikes, mostly from unmanned aircraft, the Yemeni government and the United States have reported that the attacks killed only suspected al-Qaeda members. But civilians have also died in the attacks, said tribal leaders, victims' relatives and human rights activists.
May 21, 2012 |
SANAA, YEMEN — With its suicide attack that killed at least 90 people and injured scores Monday, al-Qaeda's Yemen branch has expanded far outside its sphere of influence in the south, proving it can penetrate even the most sensitive military targets in the capital. The assault on troops during a parade rehearsal in the heart of Sanaa narrowly missed killing the defense minister and represented Yemen's most devastating terrorist attack in years. It occurred as militants linked to al-Qaeda defend newly seized territory in the south and confront head-on this Middle Eastern nation's U.S.-backed government in an intensifying guerrilla conflict.
May 20, 2012 |
I n this rugged northern valley ringed by pink-hued mountains, a conflict between Yemeni factions is siphoning away resources from a more significant war against al-Qaeda-linked militants in the country's restive south. And Hakma Abdallah and her 10 children are among its numerous victims. Home is a dark cave in the craggy hillside rising above their village. They sleep on dusty blankets on the hard earth, sharing the meager space with two other families. The houses below have been shattered by artillery and mortars, testament to the fierce battles that have erupted here.