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.
June 20, 2001 |
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.
January 14, 2010 |
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 |
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 9, 2011 |
Dozens of people were injured Tuesday when Yemen's security forces opened fire on demonstrators demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down after more than three decades in power, witnesses said. Yemen's government issued a statement saying the violence was caused by people who resisted arrest when authorities caught them with automatic weapons. The protesters, however, said officers used live ammunition and tear gas when they tried to peacefully claim new territory for a massive sit-in near Sana University.
November 2, 2010 |
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.
October 17, 2001 |
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.
March 15, 2011 |
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.
October 1, 2011 |
U.S. Predator drone aircraft armed with Hellfire missiles carried out the targeted killing in northern Yemen of Anwar Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was a U.S. citizen, and also killed another American who produced virulent propaganda for Al Qaeda. The lethal strike, a CIA-led covert operation that relied on U.S. special operations forces and Yemeni authorities, marks the first time since in the anti-terrorism campaign began after the Sept. 11 attacks a decade ago that the U.S. government deliberately tracked and killed an American citizen.