For weeks, Yemen s warring factions have held peace talks to end their 16-month civil war, bringing a sense of calm to much of the country. But in the southwestern city of Taiz the conflict rages on, defying a U.N.-backed cease-fire. Civilians are indiscriminately killed or wounded daily. Thousands languish in ragged displacement camps. Humanitarian groups are blocked from adequately helping victims. On one side of the war is an alliance of Shiite Houthi rebels and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. On the other side is the government, backed by the United States, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers.
For the past two years, Hadi has been viewed by many - inside and outside of Yemen - as a weak, hesitant and conspiratorial person. At least this is how media outlets, particularly that owned by the ousted former President Ali Abdulla Saleh, portray him. What Hadi told me during our meeting seemed to confirm what many Yemenis already believe about Saleh: that he is somebody who thrives on planting the seeds of strife. Saleh's personality is dominated by two traits, he said: violence and holding grudges.
Yemen's vice president and prime minister, Khaled Bahah, has been sacked by Yemeni president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi over "shortcomings" in the government's performance. Bahah's surprise dismissal comes just a week ahead of UN-brokered ceasefire planned between Yemen's warring parties, expected to pave way for peace talks in Kuwait on 18 April.
Ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for peace talks with Saudi Arabia as tens of thousands gather in Yemeni capital. Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sanaa on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the war between a coalition led by Saudi Arabia against Iran-allied fighters who had overthrown the government. The gathering, one of the biggest in Yemen since mass protests in 2011 forced President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, took place ahead of a ceasefire and UN-sponsored peace talks next month.
The US military carried out an airstrike against an al-Qaeda training camp in the group's stronghold in southeastern Yemen on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens, according to a Pentagon spokesman. The bombing targeted an al-Qaeda training camp in Hajr, west of Hadramawt's provincial capital Mukalla which has been held by the jihadists since April, according to local sources.
Dozens of Al Qaeda fighters took control of the southern Yemeni town of Ahwar on Saturday, residents said, consolidating the group's control over much of the region. The coastal city and surrounding district, in Abyan province, is home to more than 30,000 people and is an important geographic link between the major port city of Mukalla to the east and the smaller town of Zinjibar, both of which Al Qaeda seized months ago.
Al-Qaeda's franchise in Yemen has captured Yemen's southern city of al-Houta, a day after the militant group blew up a vacant police station in the city, which was controlled by pro-government forces. The militants have also taken over neighbouring Abyan province's Zinjibar and Jaar districts, about 50 kilometres east of Aden. The militants have also taken over neighbouring Abyan province's Zinjibar and Jaar districts, about 50 kilometres east of Aden.
"From the beginning, even before the war, education was not a priority for the government. But now, it has been completely forgotten." Khalil Abdallah, Yemen's schools' supervisor, says what was once a dire situation has now become "infinitely worse". Amid the ravages of everyday life, and with no signs of an end to the deadly conflict, the future prospects of entire generations of Yemeni school children are being obliterated.
A huge explosion killed the governor of Yemen's southern Aden province and six of his bodyguards Sunday, security officials said. The attack was later claimed by a local affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Gov. Gaafar Mohamed Saad was traveling to his office when the explosion struck his convoy in the southern port city. Authorities are investigating the exact cause of the explosion. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Parties to Yemen's armed conflict should take all necessary measures to protect Sanaa's Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. International humanitarian law provides special protections to buildings and other structures that are part of humanity's cultural heritage. "Beyond the loss of civilian lives, it would be a terrible additional loss to humanity if Sanaa's Old City, inhabited for 2,500 years, became a battlefield," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director. "Both Houthi and coalition forces need to abide by international legal protections and keep the Old City out of any future fighting."
At least 27 people, most of them women and children, were killed on Monday in an airstrike on a wedding party in southwestern Yemen, a local official and residents said. A local resident said 12 women, eight children and seven men died in the airstrike, which struck two tents in the village of Wahijah, near the Red Sea port city of Mokha, at a wedding for a local man affiliated with Yemen's dominant Houthi group.
Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in the southern port city of Aden Tuesday following nearly six months of exile in Saudi Arabia, Hadi's arrival comes as troops supporting him are struggling to advance from the key battleground of Marib to the rebel-held capital some 165 kilometers (103 miles) to their west. Meanwhile, independent security officials said a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a hotel housing Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen's capital Sanaa, killing at least 25 people.
Two U.S. citizens, one British national and three Saudis held for months by Yemen's Houthi group were freed on Sunday and have arrived in Oman, U.S., British and Omani officials and Houthi sources said. Their release appeared to be a goodwill gesture ahead of talks between Yemen's dominant Houthis with the United Nations envoy to Yemen on efforts to end nearly six months of fighting.
Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi-led coalition forces of using cluster bombs that are illegal under international law in its conflict with Houthi rebels in Yemen. In a statement released on Wednesday, HRW said the coalition troops used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks between April and July in Yemen's northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians.
Fighting in Yemen has killed nearly 400 children since the end of March, with a similar number having been recruited by armed groups in the conflict, the UN children's agency warned Wednesday. UNICEF reports that as of a week ago, 398 children had died as a result of the war to date, while 377 others have been lured into battle since the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes in Yemen. But this death toll could be much higher, the UN has warned. Overall at least 1,950 civilians have been killed in the fighting as of last Friday.
Clashes in Yemen are reportedly continuing despite a fragile five-day truce declared by the pro-government Arab-led coalition coming into effect. At least 10 Houthi rebels were killed after their vehicles were targeted by an explosion in Zinjibar in Abyan province minutes before the truce took hold on Sunday before midnight, sources have told Al Jazeera.
The United Nations has announced that a humanitarian truce will go into force in Yemen to allow urgently needed aid to reach civilians facing the threat of famine in the war-torn country. The pause in fighting will go into effect at 23.59 local time (2059 GMT) on Friday and last until the end of Ramadan on 17 July. The announcement came eight days after the UN declared Yemen a level-3 humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, with nearly half of the country s regions facing a food crisis.
The Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen launched a massive airstrike on Monday that hit a populated marketplace, killing more than 45 civilians, according to security officials and eyewitnesses. More than 50 civilians were also wounded in the strike in Fayoush, a suburb just north of the southern port city of Aden, said officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information to the media.
For nearly three months, Saudi Arabia, along with its allies, has been bombing Yemen, its southern neighbor, hoping to force the retreat of Shiite rebels who have seized major cities and to return the country's president from the Saudi guest mansion where he lives to the presidential palace. So far, it has not worked.
UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen by bringing representatives of rival factions to Geneva are expected to begin on Monday, the world body says. Announcing the start of "preliminary inclusive consultations" in the Swiss city on Monday, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN's peace envoy for Yemen, said in a statement the talks would bring together representatives of the exiled government, the Houthis, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General Peoples' Congress and other opposition groups.
Arab coalition jets have strucked several cities across Yemen as relief organisations warn of a deteriorating humanitarian situation. Fighter jets targeted a Houthi-controlled arms depot in Fajj Attan, a neighbourhood overlooking the Yemeni capital Sanaa, residents said on Wednesday. Air strikes also severely damaged a Houthi rebel-controlled naval base in the province of al-Hudaydah on the Red Sea coast, residents said.
Air strikes by a coalition of Arab nations on Saada city in Yemen are in breach of international law, despite calls for civilians to leave the area, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen said. "The indiscriminate bombing of populated areas, with or without prior warning, is in contravention of international humanitarian law," Johannes van der Klaauw said in a statement on Saturday.
At least 120 people have been killed in the Yemeni port city of Aden as fighting rages between Houthi fighters and local supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, rescue workers and residents said. The dead included at least 40 Yemeni civilians who were trying to flee heavy fighting in Aden on Wednesday when the Houthi fighters fired shells at their boat, rescue workers told Reuters news agency.
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting a rebel group in Yemen has in the past few weeks used cluster munitions supplied by the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Sunday. The report said video, photographs and other evidence showed that the coalition had used cluster bombs near villages in Yemen s northern Saada Province. The group, which said it had found evidence that the weapons had been deployed on at least two separate occasions, has not been able to establish whether any casualties had resulted from their use, according to the report.
A nine-ship Iranian convoy believed to be laden with weapons bound for rebels in Yemen turned around Thursday after being followed by U.S. warships stationed in the area to prevent arms shipments, multiple sources in the Pentagon told Fox News.
Warplanes from a Saudi-led military coalition conducted airstrikes Wednesday in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz, hours after Saudi officials had announced they were ending a nearly monthlong military operation against a rebel group in order to focus on a "political process." The warplanes bombed Houthi positions during heavy clashes in Taiz on Wednesday morning, according to a local official in the city.
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that it was halting a nearly month-old bombing campaign against a rebel group in neighboring Yemen that has touched off a devastating humanitarian crisis and threatened to ignite a broader regional conflict. The announcement followed what American officials said was pressure applied by the Obama administration for the Saudis and other Sunni Arab nations to end the airstrikes.
The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and a guided missile cruiser were headed to the waters off Yemen on Monday to join 10 other American warships as a warning to Iran about its shipments of weapons to rebels there, American officials said. The Obama administration cast the deployment primarily as a show of force, but acknowledged that the flotilla could be used to interdict any supplies of Iranian arms to the Houthi rebels. The warships are also meant to reassure Saudi Arabia, an American ally that has been carrying out a bombing campaign against the rebels in Yemen.
The United Nations launched an appeal for almost $275m to aid 7.5 million people in Yemen over the next three months, as fighting intensifies in the south and air strikes continue in 18 of the country's 22 provinces. About 150,000 people have been displaced, 50 percent more than the previous UN estimate, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said on Friday, citing local sources
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has sent messages to Arab Gulf states, asking for a safe exit for himself and his family, sources told Al Jazeera. Saleh, who was forced to step down in 2012 after a wave of protests against his rule, is said to be backing Houthi rebels who have seized the capital Sanaa and are battling forces loyal to embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled to Saudi Arabia.
The U.N. Security Council is due to vote on Tuesday on a resolution to blacklist the son of Yemen's former president and a Houthi leader and effectively impose an arms embargo on the rebels who rule most of the country, diplomats said. It was unclear how Russia would vote on the draft by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states. Russia had unsuccessfully suggested during negotiations that the text call for an immediate ceasefire and that an arms embargo include President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government, diplomats said.
Aid agencies have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the UN says the majority of people killed in the conflict are civilians, blaming both the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels. "Over 600 people [have been] killed [in the conflict], but more than half of them are civilians. This is particularly concerning," Ivan Simonovic, UN's deputy secretary-general for human rights, told Al Jazeera on Monday.
Saudi Arabia has rejected calls by Iran to halt air strikes on neighbouring Yemen, saying Tehran should not interfere in the conflict, now in its second week. Speaking at a news conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Sunday the aerial bombardment on Houthi positions seeks to help a "legitimate" government.
Two weeks into a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, the airstrikes appear to have accelerated the country s fragmentation into warring tribes and militias and done little to accomplish the goal of returning the ousted Yemeni president to power, analysts and residents say.
Shia rebels fighting for the control of Yemen and forces backing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have engaged in fierce clashes in the country's south, leaving more than 140 people dead in 24 hours, as the Red Cross faces delays to deliver vital supplies. Monday's clashes happened in Aden, Yemen's third-largest city and a power base for Hadi who fled to Saudi Arabia as the rebels, known as Houthis, expanded their control across the country.
As Iran-backed Houthi forces have pressed into Aden, clashing with Yemeni troops loyal to exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, the US has provided live video feeds from US surveillance drones to aid with Saudi targeting. The Pentagon is set to expand military aid to the open-ended operation, supplying more intelligence, bombs and aerial refuelling missions. Yet growing evidence suggests that the US itself, through its Gulf allies, gave the northern Houthis a green light for their offensive last September.
The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen threatens to turn what has been a civil war between competing branches of Islam into a wider regional struggle involving Iran. It could also destroy any hope of stability in Yemen. Even before the Saudis and their Arab allies started the bombing, Yemen was in severe distress; on Tuesday, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights warned that it is now on the brink of collapse.
Egypt said Thursday that it was prepared to send troops into Yemen as part of a Saudi-led campaign to drive back the Iranian-backed Houthi advance, signaling the growing likelihood of a protracted ground war on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. A day after Saudi Arabia and a coalition of nine other states began hammering the Houthis with airstrikes and blockading the Yemeni coast, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt said in a statement that the country s navy and air force had joined the campaign and that its army was ready to send ground troops "if necessary."
Saudi Arabia has a long history of military intervention -- most of it harmful -- in what it considers its backyard, but the region had grown so used to Saudi Arabia's role as a player of proxy wars in Syria and Iraq that anything as decisive as direct military force seemed to hail from a bygone era. This time, the Houthis and Iran badly miscalculated. Riyadh's hand was forced for three reasons.
Houthi rebel fighters have taken control of crucial installations in Taiz, Yemen s third-largest city, including the international airport, security officials said on Sunday, in a provocative expansion of the seven-month rebel offensive that has moved the country closer to war.
Yemen s embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi pledged on Saturday to fight Iran s influence in his violence-wracked country, accusing the Shia Huthi militia of importing Tehran s ideology. Mr Hadi lashed out at the Iran-backed militia a day after multiple suicide bombings at Huthi mosques claimed by the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group killed 142 and wounded 351 others.
Warplanes have targeted the palace used by Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden. Officials said anti-aircraft guns prevented any direct hits on the hilltop compound. But witnesses saw smoke rising from the area afterwards. It is not clear if Mr Hadi was inside, but aides said he was now safe. Earlier, there were clashes at Aden's airport between troops and militiamen loyal to Mr Hadi and those backing his predecessor and the Houthi rebels.
A first Iranian flight has landed in the Yemeni capital, a day after officials from the Shia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran. The Mahan Air plane arrived in Sanaa on Sunday carrying a team from the Iranian Red Crescent and medical aid, an aviation official told AFP news agency. Senior Iranian diplomats were on hand to welcome the flight - the first between the two countries in many years and comes weeks after Houthi Shia rebels took over the government in a coup.
The UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has warned that the country may be on the brink of civil war and accused all sides of contributing to the political and economic turmoil. Yemen is slipping further into chaos as the Houthis, an Iranian-backed Shia group from the north, consolidate their grip on power after seizing the capital in September and sidelining the central government.
After Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) admitted on Thursday that a US drone strike in Yemen took out a key leader of the terror group, Harith al-Nadhari, it accused America of cooperating with the Iranian backed Shi'ite Houthi militia that has been slowly taking over Yemen.
Houthi fighters have violently dispersed a protest against their takeover of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, wounding several people, witnesses have said. The Houthis reportedly arrested several demonstrators in Sanaa on Sunday, after firing rounds in the air to break-up the rally by their opponents
Only months ago, American officials were still referring to Yemen's negotiated transition from autocracy to an elected president as a model for post-revolutionary Arab states. Now, days of factional gun battles in the Yemeni capital have left the president a puppet figure confined to his residence. The country appears to be at risk of fragmenting in ways that could provide greater opportunities both for Iran and for Al Qaeda, whose Yemeni branch claimed responsibility for the first Paris terrorist attack this month.
There is a near consensus among Yemen experts that no single tribe or political current can individually govern the country. Although pictures of ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah have been carried by Houthi supporters during demonstrations, in the last year or so, no member of the Houthi political bureau has made any statement praising Iran.
When pro- Houthi militias abducted Ahmad Awad Bin Mubarak, the Yemeni president's chief of staff, President Hadi gave orders to the army to take over the security of the capital. This was seen by the Shia Houthis as a government plot to dismantle their Popular Committees. The committees are pro-Houthi militias which were deployed on the streets of the cities that were captured by the rebels last year. They set up checkpoints around government buildings, at the international airport of Sanaa and near the presidential palace.
President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi of Yemen abruptly resigned Thursday night and his entire government stepped down, leaving the country leaderless and possibly opening the way for armed Houthi rebels to take control. A United Nations official confirmed that Mr. Hadi had resigned immediately after a meeting with his Houthi political opponents, hosted by the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, in an effort to resolve the political crisis that has gripped the capital, Sana, for days.
A car bomb has exploded outside a police college in Yemen's capital Sanaa, killing at least 38 people, police sources and residents in the area have said. A police source said on Wednesday that a dozen others were wounded in the explosion that targeted a centre of Houthi fighters near the police academy officers club.
When Houthi fighters swept into this town and broke the grip of Al Qaeda, they were greeted by grateful residents, relieved that a months-long ordeal of bombings and assassinations by the militants might be coming to an end. That was in October. And for a time, the Houthis were able to bring "security and stability" to Rada, said Abdullah Idris, a resident who said he had lost a relative in a Qaeda suicide bombing. He was doubtful it would last. "Al Qaeda regrets leaving Rada," he said. "They will take their revenge."
As fighting between Yemen's warring groups intensified, the recent clashes between Houthi fighters and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) could turn into a wider sectarian conflict, according to analysts. On Saturday night clashes erupted between Houthi fighters and tribesmen in Arhab, a tribal area located 35km northeast of Sanaa and a bastion of Islah party supporters. Tribal sources said many Houthi fighters were killed in this confrontation, but there was no confirmation of the exact number of the dead.
An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, U.S.-led raid to free them from al-Qaida-affiliated militants in Yemen, a turbulent Arab country that is a centerpiece of U.S. counterterrorism efforts in the region. The predawn raid was the second rescue attempt in as many weeks to free Luke Somers, a 33-year-old freelance photographer and editor kidnapped just over a year ago in Yemen's capital.
Two suicide car bombs exploded at an army headquarters in eastern Yemen on Tuesday, killing five people, security sources said. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which operates in eastern Yemen, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying on its Twitter account that it had killed and wounded dozens.
The American freelance photographer kidnapped by Al Qaeda militants in Yemen in 2013 was 'murdered' Friday during a U.S. special operations rescue mission inside the country after it was learned that his life was in imminent danger, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement.
U.S operation forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages in a remote corner of Yemen, but a Yemeni official said Wednesday that it did not liberate five others, including an American journalist and a Briton who were moved elsewhere by their al-Qaida captors days before the raid.
The head of a Yemeni liberal political party has been fatally shot in the capital Sanaa, his family said. Mohammed Abdel Malek al-Mutawakel, secretary-general of the Union of Popular Forces party, was "fatally shot in the neck" by a gunman on a motorcycle on a street in central Sanaa, his daughter Radhia told the AFP news agency. Mutawakel was a controversial figure, accused of backing the Houthis behind the scenes.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have captured a key city linking the capital to the south as they push to control more territory of the country. The Shia fighters captured the strategic central city of Radmah in Ibb province on Wednesday, a city that links Sanaa with the main southern city of Aden, after prolonged fighting with local tribesmen, the AFP news agency reported.
Fighting continues in Yemen between the Houthi rebels and al-Qaeda-backed Sunni tribesmen, leaving at least 68 Houthi fighters dead in the province of Bayda. The news came as protesters in Yemen's capital Sanaa called on the Houthi fighters to leave after a deadline to form a new government passed on Tuesday without an agreement. Sporadic clashes erupted between the Houthis and tribesmen in Radaa after the Houthis killed an army officer belonging to the Qaifa tribe, Al Jazeera has learned.
A small Iranian-backed North Yemeni militia, modeled on Hezbollah and from an offshoot of Shia Islam, has walked into the capital Sanaa, taken over Hodeida, Yemen's main port on the Red Sea, and is now advancing southwards towards one of the most sensitive straits for oil traffic in the region. The Houthi offensive, complete with chants of "Death to America, and Curse on the Jews" is being conducted under the nose of a US military base in Djibouti from where drones operated by the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command base attack Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The Houthis are even protecting the US embassy in Sanaa.
Yemen's Shia Houthi fighters continue to push south in Ibb province, taking over the town of Yarim after dismantling a protest camp blocking the country's main airport in the capital Sanaa. Sunday's developments came amid reports that the governor of Sanaa province had resigned after his headquarters were stormed by the Houthis.
Yemen's southern secessionists will revive plans for independence amid internal divisions and Houthi ascendency. According to analysts, pro-independence activists are probably right to be suspicious of the Houthis. "The Houthis are consolidating in the north, not only to serve their own interests, but to help consolidate Yemen under only one centre of power," Fernando Carvajal, a US-based Yemen analyst, told Al Jazeera. "Every actor wants and needs to rule over a unified Yemen. It is the only political solution that would give any successor [to the current government] legitimacy and authority."
On Oct. 7, Yemen's President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi appointed his close ally Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as the country s prime minister, two weeks after fighting between Shia Houthi rebels and government troops transformed Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, into a war zone. The rebels rejected the appointment hours after it was made, dashing hopes of a swift return to order.
A bomb blast tore through Tahrir Square in central Sana'a on Thursday morning, killing dozens of supporters of the Houthi movement that controls the Yemeni capital and fuelling fears of more violence between the Shia group and radical Sunni Islamists. The explosion underscored the mounting political and security vacuum Sana a, which came under Houthi control on 21 September shortly before a peace deal was signed between the group and the government.
The fate of Yemen's peace deal is hanging in the balance after Houthis snub president's choice of a prime minister. "The selection makes a mockery of Yemen's independence and sovereignty as well as the will of the people," the group said in a statement issued shortly after the appointment was made. They promised further 'escalation' of the kind that led to heavy fighting in the capital in September.
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.
Three al-Qaeda fighters, including "a senior figure", have been killed in south-central Yemen following a strike from an unmanned aircraft, security forces have told Al Jazeera. Moqbel Ebad Al Zawbah and his two companions were killed on Thursday while in a car in the province of Al Bayda, the sources said.
A senior government official in Yemen has accused Iran of recruiting more than a thousand Yemeni youths and sending them to Lebanon and Syria to receive military training from Hezbollah, according to report on Monday by Kuwaiti daily al-Seyassah.
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.
The Yemeni chief of security at the US embassy in Sanaa has been assassinated, security officials have said. Qassem Aqlani, who was reportedly in his fifties, was shot dead while on his way to work early on Thursday. A gunman on a motorcycle reportedly opened fire at him and fled the scene. Aqlani had been working for the US embassy in the Yemeni capital for nearly 20 years.
At least five fighters suspectedly linked to al-Qaeda have been killed in an apparent US drone strike in a remote part of southern Yemen, officials said. The fighters, who were reportedly heavily armed with weapons and explosives, were killed in an air strike on their vehicles in Shabwa province on Thursday.
An attack by fighter planes in Yemen has mistakenly hit vehicles carrying civilians travelling south of the capital, Sanaa, killing 14, including women and children, officals and tribesmen said. Military officials said Sunday's air strikes in Radaa in the province of Bayda were based on faulty intelligence that the passengers were al-Qaeda members.
Three people have been killed and nine have been wounded when troops from Yemen's elite Republican Guard force attacked the headquarters of the defence ministry but were repelled, the Reuters news agency reports. The forces, led by the son of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, laid siege to the ministry in Sanaa on Tuesday before attacking it with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, witnesses said.
The White House has formally acknowledged for the first time that it is conducting lethal attacks against al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia, after it had partially lifted the lid of secrecy on its counterterrorism campaign. The White House's semi-annual report to Congress on the state of US combat operations abroad, delivered Friday, mentions what has been widely reported for years but never formally acknowledged by the administration: The US military has been taking "direct action" against members of al-Qaeda and affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.
The Yemeni army has driven fighters associated with al-Qaeda from the key southern city of Zinjibar, a hard-fought objective that they had contested for a year. Fighters calling themselves Ansar al-Sharia, or Supporters of Islamic Law, had occupied parts of Abyan province as well as Zinjibar, its capital, since the spring of 2011. The fighters, who are thought to be tied to al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, declared the area an Islamic emirate.
The Yemeni army is gearing up for a push to try to take a southern coastal town from al-Qaeda-linked fighters, local residents say. Hundreds of troops backed by tanks were closing in on the al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)-held town of Shaqra, about 50km along the coast east of Zinjibar, residents there said. Via text message, the head of the southern military zone asked people living in the area not to use the roads around Shaqra and two other towns controlled by the fighters.
At least seven people have been killed after fighters linked to al-Qaeda attacked Yemeni troops guarding a town briefly seized by the fighters earlier this year, officials say. The attack on Radda, a town in al-Baydah province 170km southeast of the capital Sanaa, comes amid a major Yemeni army offensive on al-Qaeda strongholds further to the south.
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.
At least seven suspected al-Qaeda fighters, including two senior operatives, have been killed in air raids in south Yemen, officials say. The officials said Thursday's air raids targeted the town of Jaar and northeast of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, where the fighters were operating. One of those killed was in charge of armament, known by his nickname al-Galadi, Yemeni officials said.
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.
The whole team was shocked. We knew we were looking for evidence of child hunger, but we never expected skeletal babies - close to death. Yemen has had massive food security problems for years. The list goes on forever: lack of water, productive land used to grow Qat - the narcotic plant people here chew daily - instead of food, economic dysfunction, and a population explosion. They were always leading to disaster.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Saudi diplomat in Yemen, demanding an unspecified ransom, as well as the release of prisoners held by Riyadh, in exchange for his release. Suspected Al Qaeda militant, Mishaal al-Shadoukhi, contacted the Saudi embassy in Yemen to claim responsibility for the kidnapping of Saudi diplomat Abdullah Al-Khalidi on behalf of the Al Qaeda organization. Al-Shadoukhi claimed to be acting on behalf of Nasser Al-Wahaishi, a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula organization. Al-Shadoukhi was named on a 2009 list of fugitive Al Qaeda militants wanted by the Saudi authorities.
At least 222 people, including 183 militants, have been killed in five days of clashes around the strategic southern town of Loder that Al-Qaeda is trying to seize, Yemeni security sources said on Saturday. In the southern port city of Aden, also southern Yemen, an attack on a checkpoint by Al-Qaeda-linked fighters and a subsequent gunbattle left eight of the assailants and four policemen killed, police said.
At least 23 people have been killed after suspected al-Qaeda-linked fighters attacked a military camp in southern Yemen, residents and local officials have said. Fighting near the city of Lawdar erupted on Monday when fighters from Ansar al-Sharia launched a dawn assault on the camp, which is in Abyan province, about 120km from the southern port city of Aden.
Saudi Arabia's deputy consul in the southern Yemeni city of Aden has been kidnapped outside his home. Police in the city's Mansoura district said gunmen abducted Abdullah al-Khalidi as he was about to get into his car, escaping in another vehicle. A security operation is now under way in the city in an effort to find him. Aden is the city closest to Yemen's Abyan province where government forces have been struggling to contain militant groups linked to al-Qaeda
Two gunmen have killed a US citizen in southwestern Yemen in an attack that was claimed by an armed group associated with al-Qaeda. The assailants, who were riding a motorbike, shot the man in his car while he was driving in Taiz, then fled the scene, a Yemeni official told the AFP news agency.