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.
January 1, 2006 |
A former German diplomat and his family were released unharmed, three days after being kidnapped by tribesmen while on vacation in the mountains of eastern Yemen, officials said. Juergen Chrobog, a former deputy German foreign minister, his wife and their three adult sons were flown from the area after they were freed, German and Yemeni officials said. The kidnappers let the family go after Yemen's government agreed to hold talks about a group of detained fellow tribesmen, a negotiator said.
November 17, 2003 |
Yemen's government freed more than 1,500 inmates as part of an amnesty during the Ramadan holy month, including 92 followers of the Al Qaeda terrorist network who are considered to have repented, officials said. The Arab state, trying to shed an image as a militant hotbed, has launched a drive with the help of Muslim clerics to "reeducate" militants, mainly prisoners held for planning attacks on Western and Yemeni targets.
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.
July 28, 1998 |
Three nuns of Mother Teresa's order were killed in a hail of gunfire from a passing car as they left a clinic for the disabled in western Yemen, a government official said. The victims, one from the Philippines and two from India, were wearing the Missionaries of Charity's blue-bordered saris at the time of the attack in the Red Sea city of Hodeida. Police said they had arrested one suspect, Abdullah Nashri, 25, who had confessed.
February 12, 2002 |
The United States does not expect to deploy combat troops in Yemen to hunt for suspected Al Qaeda terrorists, but it will help train Yemen's military, the head of the U.S. military's Central Command said Monday. On a visit to Sana, the Yemeni capital, Gen. Tommy Franks discussed military and security cooperation with President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
December 30, 2009 |
Yemen's emergence as a center for Al Qaeda activity has added another complication to the Obama administration's plan to close the U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yemenis make up the largest bloc of the remaining detainees. This month, six men from that country were sent home, and their lawyers expected that up to 40 more could soon be released from Guantanamo. Now that an Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen has claimed to be behind the attempted bombing of an airline flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day, however, the lawyers fear the administration will block further releases.
August 7, 2004 |
Yemeni warplanes and artillery pounded mountain hide-outs of an anti-U.S. leader and his followers Friday in a major offensive aimed at ending a six-week conflict that has killed at least 500 people. Yemen's army chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Ali Khatami, said government troops had taken control of locations in the Jabal Maraan mountains, outside the northern town of Sadah, where followers of Hussein Badr Eddin Houti were holed up.
August 30, 1992 |
An Ethiopian Airlines jet was hijacked Saturday shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa and began a fitful, daylong odyssey to Djibouti, Yemen and Egypt before landing early today in Rome. Exhausted Egyptian officials who boarded the plane before it left Cairo shortly after midnight said the flight carried only a nine-member crew and four or five hijackers--all believed to be Ethiopians--when it took off from a deserted runway at Cairo International Airport.