May 10, 2012 |
The United States launched airstrikes in Yemen on Thursday that killed as many as seven militants, the second American missile attack in the country since the CIA and other spy agencies disrupted an al-Qaeda airline bomb plot , U.S. officials said. The strike came as new details surfaced about the foiling of the plot, including the disclosure that the operative who posed as a willing suicide bomber and later turned the device over to authorities was a British citizen, according to Western officials.
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.
May 8, 2012 |
THE RECOVERY of a sophisticated bomb that U.S. officials believe was intended to be used in a suicide attack against the United States has underlined the reality that the war against al-Qaeda is not yet over — and that it will not necessarily end, as President Obama suggested last week , in Afghanistan. Though many of the details of the latest plot have not been disclosed, officials say the bomb plot originated with al-Qaeda's robust organization in Yemen, called al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
May 7, 2012 |
SANAA, Yemen — Armed militants linked to al-Qaeda stormed a Yemeni military base in a restive southern province before dawn Monday, killing at least 20 soldiers and capturing more than two dozen others, according to Yemeni military officials. The assault occurred hours after a U.S. drone strike reportedly killed a top al-Qaeda figure involved in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. The attack on the base was the latest indication of an intensifying conflict between U.S.-backed Yemeni security forces and al-Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate for control of southern Yemen.
May 3, 2012 |
Osama bin Laden spent his final years struggling to exert authority over the al-Qaeda network he founded, voicing dismay about the decisions of regional affiliates and drafting orders for often unresponsive subordinates even just one week before he was killed, according to documents released Thursday. The letters, part of a trove of material recovered during the U.S. raid on bin Laden's compound last year, include chilling admonitions to remain focused on killing Americans.
April 25, 2012 |
The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said. The policy shift marks a significant expansion of the clandestine drone war against an al-Qaeda affiliate that has seized large pieces of territory in Yemen and is linked to a series of terrorist plots against the United States.
April 18, 2012 |
The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed, U.S. officials said. Securing permission to use these "signature strikes" would allow the agency to hit targets based solely on intelligence indicating patterns of suspicious behavior, such as imagery showing militants gathering at known al-Qaeda compounds or unloading explosives. The practice has been a core element of the CIA's drone program in Pakistan for several years.
March 18, 2012 |
SANAA, Yemen — More than 2,000 people have been killed in a year of political turmoil that led to the resignation of Yemen's longtime president, the government disclosed Sunday. The number is much higher than human rights groups had estimated. The government released its first casualty figures on a day when crowds of protesters were marking one year since a particularly bloody day, when dozens were killed. Yemen's Ministry of Human Rights said the death toll includes unarmed protesters and military defectors, as well as more than 120 children.
March 10, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS — A reinvigorated al-Qaeda has made "alarming" advances in Yemen, expanding its military control over several southern towns and launching a series of brazen attacks that threaten the U.S.-backed political transition there, a senior U.N. envoy warned the Security Council in a confidential briefing last week. "The scale of these attacks serves as a stark reminder of the security threat posed by al-Qaeda," Jamal Benomar, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen, told the 15-nation council Wednesday, according to a copy of the briefing notes obtained by The Washington Post.
March 8, 2012 |
Somehow managing to be both twee and edgy, the absurdist but gently winning romantic comedy "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" works a strange kind of wonder. From the get-go, its premise seems fatally overdetermined: A British fisheries expert named Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) finds himself dragooned into the scheme of a wealthy sheik (Amr Waked) to introduce fly-fishing in Yemen. Along the way, he befriends the sheik's quietly sophisticated London representative, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt)