March 12, 2011 |
Nearly 100,000 protesters flooded the streets of Yemen's capital on what was billed "the Friday of No Return," as the effort to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh headed toward a potentially dangerous political stalemate, and some warned of the threat of civil war. Key opposition leaders, buttressed by the mass turnout in Sana, said they would not accept anything but Saleh's immediate ouster. But it appeared that Saleh, a strongman who has ruled for 33 years with an effective mix of compromise, promises and well-dispensed largesse, would accept anything but that.
February 14, 2011 |
Three more Middle Eastern governments came under assault from thousands of street demonstrators, a sign of widening reverberations from the pro-democracy movement that upended repressive governments in Egypt and Tunisia. Street clashes in Iran, Bahrain and Yemen were met by riot police Monday, as authorities in the conservative nations sought to squelch demands for greater political freedom, better jobs and an end to corruption. Though the demonstrations were small by comparison, the cries in the streets echoed the spirit of the recent revolts that toppled authoritarian rulers.
January 8, 2010 |
A senior Yemeni official downplayed his nation's connection to the Nigerian Islamic militant suspected of trying to bomb a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day, saying the man became an Al Qaeda militant in Britain, even though he met with a radical cleric in Yemen shortly before allegedly undertaking his alleged mission. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab joined Osama bin Laden's group while living in Britain from 2005 to '08, Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Rashad Alimi told reporters Thursday in Sana, the capital.
February 2, 2007 |
Islamist leader Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, seen by Washington as a potential key to reconciliation in postwar Somalia, was out of custody in Kenya and reported to be leaving soon for Yemen. Several Islamist leaders have taken refuge in Yemen since their movement's defeat late last year in an offensive by Somalian government forces backed by the Ethiopian military.
January 16, 2010 |
One of Al Qaeda's top military strategists in Yemen was reportedly killed Friday along with five other militants in airstrikes targeting two vehicles in the country's northeastern mountains, according to officials and news agencies. The operation by the Yemeni air force was the latest in a string of attacks on Al Qaeda strongholds and the terrorist network's key operatives. The government, which has been guided by U.S. intelligence in the past, has yet to capture or kill the group's two leaders, but Friday's strikes were an indication that Al Qaeda faces increasing pressure.
January 6, 2010 |
Elena Rezneac's lavender eye shadow shimmered in the sun outside a crowded Internet cafe in Yemen's capital city. The 21-year-old Moldovan student giggled as she pushed her sunglasses up above her blond ponytail. "If you read about Yemen in the news lately, you think there are terrorists running around and bombs in all the streets," she said. "But when you are here, it's calm. I have to go online to remember there's a war going on." Others among the thousands of foreign aid workers and students of Arabic who live in this impoverished nation expressed a similar view.
April 14, 2003 |
Yemen granted asylum to Iraq's ambassador to Egypt on Sunday, top Foreign Ministry officials here said, while Spain ordered seven Iraqi Embassy officials to leave the country. Mohsen Khalil, Iraq's ambassador to Yemen from 1991 to 1996 and to Egypt since 1999, applied to Yemen's consulate in Cairo on Wednesday for asylum, the officials said on condition of anonymity. He was expected to arrive within a day.
November 28, 2001 |
The Bush administration sent mixed messages Tuesday on Yemen's role in the war on terrorism, praising its cooperation since Sept. 11 while pointing out its past hospitality to an Al Qaeda cell. As the war in Afghanistan appears to be entering a new phase, Yemen, identified as a past haven for terrorists, is among several such countries drawing new scrutiny.
January 27, 2011 |
The unrest in the Middle East spread to impoverished Yemen on Thursday as tens of thousands of protesters angry over unemployment and political oppression marched through the capital against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Instability in Yemen is a major concern for Washington, which has been working with Saleh's government to defeat an entrenched Al Qaeda network that claimed responsibility for last year's attempted bombings of planes over U.S. airspace. Officials fear anarchy in the country would give militants a strategic base in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.
January 28, 2010 |
Nearly three months of fighting between Saudi Arabian troops and Shiite Muslim rebels along the Yemen border has ended, the Saudi government announced Wednesday, declaring victory two days after the rebels offered a cease-fire. Saudi ground forces and warplanes have pounded Houthi militants since the rebels killed a Saudi border guard and infiltrated a string of villages in early November. The fighting, which led to fear of wider regional chaos, drew the kingdom into a sporadic 5-year-old conflict between the insurgents and the Yemeni government.