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December 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former German ambassador to the U.S. was abducted with his wife and three adult sons Wednesday while vacationing in Yemen, German and Yemeni officials said. Juergen Chrobog and his family were apparently kidnapped by gunmen seeking the release of tribe members being held by Yemeni officials on charges of murder. German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said the ministry would make "all possible efforts to bring the family back into safety."
June 4, 2006 | Paul Garwood, Associated Press Writer
One man lives penniless in a field under a patchwork tent as baying dogs roam outside. Another, wearing a suit jacket and tie, glides past his silver Mercedes as he welcomes guests into his plush Kabul villa. Both are Kuchis, which means "nomads" in the Pashto language. Yet they have little in common but their heritage and the view that the life of Afghanistan's wandering people is fading. Few of the itinerant tribesmen have settled down and prospered.
Pathan tribesmen harvesting opium poppies in Pakistan's rugged mountains bordering Afghanistan tend their fields with assault rifles and machine pistols slung over their backs. They say they will fight to the finish if Pakistan brings its declared "Holy War Against Narcotics" for 1993 to the remote land where their ancestors have grown poppies for generations. "We have heard that they plan to destroy our next crop.
July 5, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In their songs, the Maasai tribesmen of East Africa have long celebrated the killing of lions as a test of their manhood. But now the Maasai that live in the Mbirikani Group Ranch in southeastern Kenya are trying to change their traditional antipathy toward the majestic-looking beasts.
December 11, 2009 | By Al Jacinto and John M. Glionna
Reporting from Seoul and Zamboanga City, Philippines -- Gunmen raided a remote Philippine village before dawn Thursday and abducted at least 75 people in a restive southern province, an army spokesman said. Within hours the assailants had freed 18 captives, 17 of them children, amid negotiations with government officials, authorities said. They freed nine others today and are demanding that murder charges be dropped The incident was the second recent mass abduction in the Philippines.
December 20, 2001 | Associated Press
Troop reinforcements Wednesday moved into the remote hills of central Yemen where government forces have battled armed tribesmen in an assault to capture suspected operatives of Osama bin Laden. There was sporadic gunfire, but no fighting was reported in the provinces of Shabwa and Marib, where heavy clashes took place Tuesday as the government tried to capture five suspected Bin Laden loyalists being protected by the Abida tribe. Both provinces are known strongholds of Islamic militants.
January 23, 2009 | Laura King
In village after village, the pattern is the same. Sinister "night letters" threaten tribal elders considered loyal to the government. The local girls school is forced to close down -- or goes up in flames. Those bold or reckless enough to travel by road risk ambush, abduction or worse. Alarmed by the tightening Taliban grip on huge swaths of Afghan countryside, U.S.
October 19, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim
In a brazen attack on Iran's military elite, a suicide bomber today killed five Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders and 26 others at a gathering of tribal leaders in a southeastern province near the Pakistan border that's known for drug running and religious extremism, according to the official Iranian news agency. The assault was carried out by a lone man who reportedly disguised himself in tribal dress and detonated an explosives belt at a gymnasium in the city of Pisheen in the Sistan-Baluchistan province, a harsh land plagued by heroin smuggling and ethnic animosities.
June 25, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- Once a month, a group of staff members from the House and Senate intelligence committees drives across the Potomac River to CIA headquarters in Virginia, assembles in a secure room and begins the grim task of watching videos of the latest drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Sometimes they see Hellfire missiles hit buildings after suspected terrorists have entered. Other times they can make out a group or a vehicle consumed in a fiery blast. Occasionally, a smaller explosion kills just one person, as officials say happened when a missile this month crashed into a room in Pakistan's tribal areas and killed Abu Yahya al Libi, Al Qaeda's No. 2. The videos are much sharper than the grainy drone imagery that can be viewed on the Web. "You can see exactly what is going on," said a senior congressional aide, who, like other officials, spoke about the highly classified program on the condition he not be identified.
November 4, 2010 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
In high school, Joleta McNelis was never far away from a man she had never met. She carried Lt. John Ensch in her heart ? and on her wrist. Aside from his name, the only thing McNelis knew about Ensch was the date his fighter jet was shot down over North Vietnam: 8-25-72. It was etched under his name on the metal bracelet she bought when she was 14. FOR THE RECORD: Vietnam War bracelets: An article in the Nov. 4 Section A about personal connections inspired by Vietnam-era POW/MIA bracelets said four antiwar protesters were killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in 1970.
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