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June 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Authorities have arrested 15 people, eight of whom are believed to be connected to a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in this capital, Yemeni officials said Tuesday. A senior U.S. official confirmed that there was strong evidence of a threat to the embassy. The Washington official, who asked not to be named, said it was not clear how an attack would be carried out.
The daylong hijacking of an Ethiopian Airlines jet ended today when five men who had forced the aircraft on an odyssey that took it from Addis Ababa to Djibouti, Yemen, Egypt and Italy gave themselves up in Rome. Italy offered political asylum to the five gunmen, a senior police official in Rome said.
November 2, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Yemeni special forces launched an offensive Tuesday in rugged terrain, searching for an Al Qaeda bomb maker believed to have designed explosives concealed in printer cartridges that were intercepted in two U.S.-bound packages last week. The hunt for Ibrahim Asiri, a Saudi-born munitions expert, intensified in militant strongholds in Shabwa and Marib provinces. It is the third major operation against Al Qaeda in recent months but one that has taken on new urgency since a plot to blow up aircraft over the U.S. was uncovered Friday.
January 14, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Yemeni special forces killed a suspected Al Qaeda leader and captured four fighters as the country increased pressure on the militant network operating in several key tribal provinces, officials said Wednesday. Yemen's government, juggling a civil war in the north and a secessionist movement in the south, had been slow to react to a widening Al Qaeda threat. Its stepped-up raids come amid international concern over the country's ability to defeat a branch of Yemeni and Saudi fighters that has claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day attack on a Northwest airliner.
January 2, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley and Josh Meyer
Offering new details into the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner, President Obama on Saturday said a Yemen-based branch of Al Qaeda trained, armed and directed the Nigerian accused of trying to detonate an explosive onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The president vowed retaliation against the global terrorist group, and he gave a full-throated defense of his administration's anti-terrorism efforts in the face of Republican criticism....
March 15, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Four journalists were expelled from Yemen on Monday after reporting on unrest that included government forces firing on unarmed civilians. Haley Sweetland Edwards, a freelance reporter working for The Times, was among the group of reporters deported after five armed men raided their home in the early morning. Edwards was still in her pajamas when she was taken to meet a military colonel who said the group was being expelled for national security reasons. The journalists were able to return to the home to collect their belongings before going to the airport with a military escort.
U.S. government officials said Tuesday that new cooperation from Yemen's government since Sept. 11 is adding to mounting evidence linking last year's bombing of the destroyer Cole in Aden harbor to both the suicide hijackings in America and the 1998 attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa. FBI and intelligence officials have complained bitterly over the last year about Yemen's lack of assistance in the Cole inquiry. But several U.S.
December 13, 2013 | By Zaid Ali and Laura King
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.
May 30, 2011 | By Iona Craig, Los Angeles Times
Yemen's beleaguered government claimed Sunday that the capital of Abyan province in the south had been overrun by the country's Al Qaeda affiliate, while the political opposition and dissident generals blamed the president for losing control of the city. The allegations about Zinjibar, Abyan's capital, raised fears that the radical group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was taking advantage of the last four months of popular protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh to gain ground.
In the ancient port city of Jidda, which for centuries has served as a gateway to the Muslim holy city of Mecca, there is a quarter of brightly lighted shops and run-down auto repair garages, a place where the staid white robes of traditional Saudi dress disappear among the colorful draped skirts and rakish grins of the Yemenis. It is a place, in a country known for good manners and temperate behavior, to which foreigners are advised not to go.
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