The Obama administration's counterterrorism strategy in Yemen aims to help President Hadi overhaul his nation s military to combat the Qaeda franchise in its strongholds in large parts of the country s south. And it calls for the United States and Yemen to work together to kill or capture about two dozen of Al Qaeda s most dangerous operatives, who are focused on attacking America and its interests.
At least 14 soldiers and 12 operatives of Al Qaeda were killed early on Friday when suicide bombers attacked a military base in south Yemen, military sources and local residents said.
A drone aircraft fired into a group of people preparing to attack Yemeni troops on Thursday, killing a man identified as a leader of the local branch of Al Qaeda and at least eight other potential attackers, according to Yemeni and security officials, who said the drone was American-operated.
Yemen was rocked by its worst terrorist bombing in years on Monday when a suicide attacker disguised as a Yemeni soldier blew himself up in the midst of a military parade rehearsal near the presidential palace in Sana, the capital. The Yemen Defense Ministry said more than 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
Al-Qaida militants staged a surprise attack Monday on a Yemeni army base in the south, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 25 just hours after a U.S. drone strike killed a senior figure in the terror network wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.
A day before a national vote that will signify the formal end of his presidency, Ali Abdullah Saleh signaled his hope to be an anomaly in the Arab Spring: a toppled autocrat who can preserve some degree of influence in his nation s governance
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who left Yemen last week to seek medical treatment in the United States for injuries sustained when the presidential palace was bombed in June, arrived in the country Saturday night, Yemeni officials said.
The Obama administration has decided in principle to allow the embattled president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to enter the United States for medical treatment, subject to certain assurances, two administration officials said Monday.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would go to the United States in order to allow an interim government to prepare for an election to replace him, but did not specify when he would leave. Saleh, speaking to reporters after forces loyal to him fired at protesters demanding he face trial for killing demonstrators over 11 months of protests, said he had no designs on staying in power.
Ignoring calls by his opponents to stop announcing decisions that affect the country, President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared a general amnesty on Sunday for people who had committed "follies" during the uprising and political crisis that began in Yemen 10 months ago.
Protesters fought with adversaries anew on Thursday and five people were reported killed, despite an agreement signed a day earlier by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, immediately transferring power to his vice president and raising hopes for an end to a political crisis that brought this impoverished nation to the brink of collapse.
Airstrikes, believed to be carried out by American drones, killed at least nine people in southern Yemen, including a senior official of the regional branch of Al Qaeda and an American, the 17-year-old son of a Qaeda official killed by the United States last month, according to the government and local reports on Saturday.
Violence convulsed the streets of Yemen s capital for a second day on Monday as government security forces battled soldiers who have joined antigovernment protesters. It was the worst violence since March in Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished country and a haven for Islamic militants.
A senior Yemeni official who was briefed on the health of President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the president s injuries will leave him unfit to perform his duties for months, throwing a new degree of uncertainty into a political standoff that has trapped this impoverished desert nation.
Out of the ancient, ornate mud brick buildings and across the narrow alleyways where barefoot children play, a chant emerges frequently in the old walled city here in the capital. Seemingly at random, someone will raise his voice to announce: 'The people want Ali Abdullah Saleh!'
After more than four months of insurrection, this tormented country may seem to be more divided than ever, with rival rallies still seizing the capital every week and fierce gun battles raging in the north and south.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen suffered injuries far more extensive than previously known in an attack on his presidential palace last week, with burns over 40 percent of his body, Yemeni officials and Western diplomats said Tuesday.
emen s embattled leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was lightly injured Friday in an opposition attack on the presidential palace, his spokesman said. The attack inched the country ever closer to civil war after months of political turmoil.
Yemen appeared to tip closer to all out civil war on Wednesday as government troops and opposition tribesmen battled to control key positions in the capital and foreign diplomats boarded planes to flee.
Islamist militants consolidated control over a second city in southern Yemen on Sunday, seizing banks, government offices and the security headquarters as government forces responded with mortar fire.