May 26, 2011 |
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh blamed his foes for raging street battles in the nation's capital even as President Obama called for him to honor a deal to step down and his country teetered on the brink of collapse. Shelling and gunfire echoed across Sana for a third day, including in an area near the airport, and white flashes lighted the night sky. Residents said that tribesmen who are clashing with government forces had seized Yemen's state-run news agency. In the preceding 48 hours, anti-Saleh fighters captured the interior and trade ministries.
March 4, 2011 |
The radical Yemeni feminist has almost nothing in common with the Islamic tribal sheik, except for a willingness to die for the same cause. "I'd rather get shot on the street than live under Saleh," said Sarah, a fiery 23-year-old college graduate and social worker, referring to Yemen's longtime president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Nasser Saber, a 27-year-old sheik from impoverished Marib province, where electricity is a luxury and female literacy is almost unheard of, spoke in similar terms.
November 7, 2009 |
The Mahsud tribesmen of South Waziristan don't hate the Taliban. But they hate what having Taliban fighters living among them has done to life in their mud-hut hamlets. The Taliban presence has made their villages frequent targets for U.S. missile strikes. It has prevented schools and hospitals from opening and roads from being built. Many villages still do not have electricity or phone lines. As people stream out of South Waziristan to escape the all-out blitz against the Taliban, they say they back the offensive, if only because it represents their best -- and only -- hope for a clean break from the misery of isolation.
June 24, 2008 |
Pakistani militants loyal to Taliban commander Baitullah Mahsud captured a town at the entrance to the South Waziristan tribal region after a battle with pro-government tribesmen, police said. At least four tribesmen and two militants were killed in the fighting for control of Jandola, they said. "The Taliban [fighters] have taken over Jandola" and are holding seven tribesmen hostage, said the area's police chief, Barkat Ullah. A Taliban spokesman said nine people, including seven tribesmen, had been killed and the Taliban had abducted 10 pro-government fighters.
November 7, 2008 |
Two suicide attacks targeting pro-government tribesmen and security forces killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens in areas of Pakistan's northwest where the military has cracked down on insurgents, officials said. In the Bajaur tribal region, a suicide attacker killed 17 tribesmen who had formed a militia to combat insurgents. Forty people were hurt, government and hospital officials said. In the northwest's Swat valley, a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint, killing at least two paramilitary troops and injuring at least 20 people, officials said.
April 15, 2009 |
A Dutch couple held for two weeks by Yemeni tribesmen were freed, and a tribal leader said Yemen's government paid more than $250,000 in ransom. The government denied paying the money or meeting any demands and said it was searching for the kidnappers among the Serag tribe in a mountainous region east of Sana, the capital. Tribesmen armed with assault rifles seized the couple from their car in Sana on March 31 and took them to an area about 40 miles to the east. Powerful tribes in the impoverished country have used the abductions of foreigners -- either tourists or those living or working in the country -- to pressure the Yemeni government to meet demands, often to free clan members from jail.