October 16, 2000 |
The suspected suicide bombing of an American destroyer anchored in the Port of Aden has focused world attention on this rugged land where each man carries an average of three weapons and Muslim extremists have found a welcome home. Yemen has figured prominently on the world's roster of terrorist nations for years. The 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya were carried out by a group that included a Yemeni man.
December 29, 1998 |
Islamic militants kidnapped 16 Western tourists, including two Americans, in southern Yemen on Monday and demanded the release of two jailed leaders, security officials said. In exchange for the tourists' freedom, kidnappers from the Islamic Jihad extremist group wanted leader Saleh Haidara Atwi and another top militant released, officials said. The two were arrested by Yemeni authorities two weeks ago.
June 1, 1992 |
There was little to prepare this land of volcanic peaks and sand-swept villages, once the arid domain of the Queen of Sheba, to lead Arabia on the road to democracy. The narrow streets are still filled with men who thrust curved daggers in their belts. The tribes of the north even now wage occasional conquests from hill to rocky hill. Ancient dhows still call on the busy seaport of Aden.
May 25, 1990 |
With the hoisting of a common red-white-and-black flag over two former capitals this week, the reunification of the Republic of Yemen closed the book on Marxism in the Middle East and signaled the emergence of a potentially important new political power on the Arabian peninsula. Separately, Western-oriented Yemen and its Marxist neighbor, South Yemen, were two of the poorest nations in the world, deeply divided by politics, religion and historic tribal disputes.
October 20, 2000 |
The U.S. Navy on Thursday recovered the last four bodies of American sailors from the disabled destroyer Cole, as the retired military commander who had approved the policy of refueling ships in Yemen told a Senate panel that the danger level, while high, was "actually better than we had elsewhere" in the region.
June 2, 2011 |
The unrest shaking Yemen began months ago as part of the idealistic movement for democracy and political reform sweeping the Middle East and North Africa. It is now a battle of money, power and egos within a single powerful clan that threatens to tear the country apart. The elite Republican Guard and special forces commanded by the son of President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been fighting for more a week with those who support the head of the president's own tribe, Sheik Sadiq Ahmar, and his businessman brother Hamid.