March 22, 2011 |
Yemen's political crisis deepened Tuesday as opposition groups rejected an offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to negotiate a gradual transfer of power. Under the terms of the offer, Saleh would step down before the end of his term in 2013 but would not immediately relinquish his office, according to a high-ranking government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment. "He likely wants to stay in power until the end of this year, or really as long as possible, but the concession is an offer to put some timeline on a transfer of power," the official said.
February 15, 2011 |
The continuing wave of unrest sweeping the Middle East led to a fifth day of protests Tuesday in Yemen and thousands of protesters swept into the main square of the capital of Bahrain, setting up tents and vowing to stay until the government agrees to major reforms. In Iran, hard-liners in parliament demanded that opposition leaders be executed for advocating protests that attracted tens of thousands of people. As many as a thousand anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Sana, the Yemeni capital, but it was large numbers of supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh who appeared to have the upper hand, gathering in a festival in downtown Tahrir Square with music and nationalist slogans.
November 6, 2010 |
They race through mountain passes and across deserts and cities, daggers stuffed in their belts and heavily armed bodyguards at their side, exuding a sense of power that for centuries has defined Yemen's dangerous and cunning political landscape. This nation's tribal leaders, grandiose personalities with often disparate interests, are a key to stability from the sand-swept border with Saudi Arabia to the edges of the Red Sea. They are the men with the potential to break Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or allow it to flourish, depending on whispered deals, money and territorial gambits.
November 6, 2009 |
Saudi Arabian warplanes attacked Shiite rebel strongholds inside northern Yemen today in a surge of fighting along the border following the death of a Saudi security official at the hands of insurgents, according to news reports. Saudi fighter jets targeted up to six rebel positions inside Yemen and along the mountainous border. Saudi troops were reportedly heading toward the region to secure villages and prevent further cross-border incursions from Houthi rebel forces that have been battling the Yemen government sporadically since 2004.
September 17, 2009 |
Rebels in Yemen's northwest Saada province and government-controlled media issued contradictory claims of success in combat Wednesday, amid a 5-week-old army offensive that has roiled this Arabian peninsula nation. The fighting has created a growing humanitarian problem mostly beyond the reach of aid agencies, with some 35,000 people driven from their homes in the last month, according to the United Nations. That adds to the estimated 100,000 people who have been displaced in the combat zone in an off-and-on war that began in 2004.
April 1, 2001 |
President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired his prime minister and asked Deputy Prime Minister Abdul-Kadir Ba Jammal to form a new government, the sixth since 1990, a presidential statement said. The statement gave no reason for the firing of Abdul-Karim Iryani, who had served nearly three years. But he was seen as unable to accomplish many of Yemen's economic reforms, launched in 1995 with help from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.