January 18, 2014 |
SANA, Yemen - Gunmen shot and killed an Iranian diplomat in Yemen's capital in a brazen midday strike on Saturday, an attack that called attention to anger over Iran's role in a bitter sectarian conflict. The slain diplomat was identified by Iranian officials as an attache at the Iranian embassy, which confirmed the death. It was the second serious incident involving an Iranian envoy in Yemen in seven months; another diplomat was kidnapped in July and remains missing. Security officials said the killing might have been a botched attempt to abduct the diplomat, who was apparently shot several times when he resisted gunmen who had stopped his vehicle and tried to snatch him away.
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A former bodyguard for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the first in a series of review hearings that the Obama administration is holding to speed up the eventual closure of the U.S. military prison for terrorist detainees, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, who allegedly underwent militant training at a secret camp in Afghanistan, is no longer a "significant threat" to the United States and is eligible for transfer from the prison at some point, the review board members decided.
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December 19, 2013
Bernard L. Shaw Bodyguard married Patricia Hearst Bernard L. Shaw, 68, a San Francisco police officer who served as Patty Hearst's bodyguard and later married her, died Tuesday in Garrison, N.Y. His death after a long illness was announced by the Hearst Corp., where he was employed as vice president for corporate security. Shaw was best known for his relationship with William Randolph Hearst's granddaughter. She made headlines in the 1970s for her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a paramilitary band of urban terrorists, and her later imprisonment for bank robbery.
December 13, 2013 |
SANA, Yemen -- Anger over the American drone campaign against militants in Yemen swelled Friday with word that most of those killed in a strike a day earlier were civilians in a wedding party. The death toll reached 17 overnight, hospital officials in central Bayda province said Friday. Five of those killed were suspected of involvement with Al Qaeda, but the remainder were unconnected with the militancy, Yemeni security officials said. U.S. drone strikes have become commonplace in Yemen, where government measures have proven ineffectual against what is considered one of the most virulent Al Qaeda offshoots in the region.
December 5, 2013 |
SANA, Yemen -- In a strike that bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda, assailants in military uniforms staged a brazen daytime assault Thursday on Yemen's defense ministry, setting off a daylong battle that killed at least four dozen people and left scores injured, with some foreigners believed to be among the dead. The attack, which terrorized residents of a crowded district in the capital's old city , began with a thunderous car-bomb blast at the compound's gate, and a separate push by fighters on foot and armed with assault weapons.
December 5, 2013 |
SANA, Yemen -- Assailants in military uniforms Thursday crashed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gates of the Defense Ministry, causing multiple casualties, security sources said. The strike, in a crowded and bustling part of the capital, then set off a chaotic firefight involving heavy weapons and at least one secondary blast, according to officials and witnesses. Military and hospital officials put the death toll at 25. Windows were shattered for blocks around in the district, which is also home to the country's central bank.