March 2, 2012 |
ADEN, Yemen — A gunman opened fire on a U.S. security team that was training Yemeni soldiers in the south of the country, the Pentagon and a local security official said on Friday, both denying reports from an Islamist group that a CIA officer was killed in the assault. In the north of the country, meanwhile, a bomb blast hit an anti-U.S. protest, injuring at least 22 people, according to a rebel group that controls much of the region. Fighting with northern Houthi rebels and southern militants are among the challenges facing Yemen's new president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a man Washington was hoping could end a year of turmoil in the country.
February 29, 2012 |
In the turbulent annals of the Arab Spring, last weekend's ceremony in Yemen was so quiet it was barely noticed. But it marked the transfer of power from an aging autocrat who had ruled his country for nearly 34 years to a new leader who's saying the right things about reform. This was a stage-managed change of regime that left some loose ends and unresolved questions. It was a product of backroom dealing and regional realpolitik. But in its very lack of visibility, the Yemen handover offered a counterpoint to the violent and still-uncertain transitions in Egypt, Libya and Syria.
February 27, 2012 |
THREE times the strongman of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, promised to sign an agreement to step down, and three times he reneged. Twice he left the country for medical treatment — most recently heading to the United States — only to disappoint most of his countrymen by returning home again . Now at last it appears that the Arab world's poorest country — and strongest base for al-Qaeda — will rid itself of the man who has dominated it...
February 27, 2012 |
The youth activists who spearheaded the uprising that ended President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule are now grappling with internal divisions, as politics and competing visions weaken one of the Arab world's most dynamic revolts of the past year . In Change Square, the nexus of the revolution, protesters have splintered into politically aligned groups, each determined to hold sway over the sprawling tented encampment near Sanaa University....
February 25, 2012 |
NAIROBI — Hours after Yemen's new president was sworn in, formally ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule, a car bomb exploded outside a presidential compound in southern Yemen, killing at least 25 people, security officials said Saturday. The attack underscored the challenges facing the country's new leader, former vice president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who in a televised inauguration speech vowed to fight al-Qaeda and restore security to this impoverished Middle East nation.
February 20, 2012 |
The Obama administration is prepared to increase assistance to Yemen if its new government moves quickly to restructure its military forces, stem official corruption and implement electoral reforms, a senior U.S. official said Monday. In conversations with Yemeni and opposition officials, the administration has made clear that "we plan to step up [aid] if they meet our test," said John O. Brennan, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser. Brennan, speaking by telephone from Saudi Arabia after a two-day visit to Yemen, said that the presidential election Tuesday "is a very important step, but it is just a step.
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.
February 1, 2012 |
The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal court Wednesday to force the Obama administration to release legal and intelligence records related to the killing of three U.S. citizens in drone attacks in Yemen last year. The lawsuit , filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charged the Justice and Defense departments and the CIA with illegally failing to respond to requests made in October under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It cited public comments made by President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other officials in arguing that the government cannot credibly claim a secrecy defense.
January 31, 2012 |
The U.S. military launched an airstrike against Yemen's al-Qaeda affiliate early Tuesday, targeting an area of the country where the group is increasingly asserting its influence . At least a dozen people were killed in the strike, including insurgents from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — also known as AQAP — and local militants, according to some reports. Other accounts put the death toll at about half that number. Abdul Monem al-Fahtani, said to be a mid-level AQAP leader, was reportedly among the dead.
January 24, 2012 |
Images of rebellion have sprung up across this southern coastal city. The old flag of South Yemen is proudly displayed on cars, and graffiti calling for independence is sprayed on wall after wall. "Freedom for South. Aden Get Up," reads one message along a busy main road. Once mostly underground, a secessionist movement seeking to undo a 1990 pact that unified North and South Yemen is emerging from the shadows, emboldened by the populist uprising that has upended the country over the past year.