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  • Al Qaeda in Yemen Claims Killing of 'Sorcerers'

    10/10/2015 5:01:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/10/15
    Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed on today to have killed four men suspected of practicing witchcraft and sorcery in an area controlled by the jihadists. Residents of Mayfaa town in the southeastern province of Hadramawt said Al Qaeda militants had distributed a pamphlet naming the four men. It did not say when the killings were carried out, but a neighbor of one of the victims told AFP that he had been missing for days. "We have implemented Allah's ruling against them, which is the death sentence," said the flier that was also posted on walls in the area.
  • U.S. Rescues Two Saudi Fighter Pilots After Splashdown Near Yemen

    03/27/2015 4:58:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski
    The U.S. Air Force and Navy rescued two Saudi pilots Friday after they ejected from their F-15 fighter over the Gulf of Aden during combat operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudi jet apparently suffered some mechanical problem forcing the pilots to eject. A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk special operations helicopter and crew were dispatched from Djibouti to rescue the Saudi pilots.
  • Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen Loot Secret Files About U.S. Spy Operations

    03/25/2015 3:41:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Brian Bennett and Zaid Al-Alayaa
    Secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say. U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of the capital of Sana last September and later toppled the U.S.-backed president. For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu...
  • US removes remaining personnel from Yemen

    03/22/2015 7:53:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2015 | (With AP)
    The U.S. has removed all remaining personnel from Yemen as Shiite rebels controlling the country’s capital called for others to join its battle against government forces. The State Department said in a statement it is removing personnel due to the “deteriorating security situation” in the country. The State Department also said it will continue to engage the Yemeni people and international community to support the country’s political transition. […] The U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen as well. The closed-door meeting is expected to take place Sunday. …
  • 137 killed, 345 injured in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques

    03/20/2015 8:09:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 78 replies
    The Record ^ | 3-20-2015 | Ahmed Al-Haj, AP
    A television network owned by Yemen's Shiite rebels says a total of 137 people were killed and 345 injured in quadruple suicide bombings that hit a pair of mosques controlled by the rebels in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. Al-Masirah TV raised the death toll on Friday hours after the attacks, making it the deadliest violence to hit the fragile war-torn country.
  • Obama Shows Solidarity with Yemen-sponsored Attack in Paris by Releasing 5 Yemeni Terrorists

    01/15/2015 10:52:37 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 20 replies
    vanity | January 15, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    Obama's release of five more Yemeni terrorists from GITMO yesterday, one week after the terrorist attacks in Paris is beyond words. It wasn't outrageous enough that he didn't appear at the anti-terror march in Paris, he had to follow that up with what can only be described as a show of solidarity with Islamic terrorism since Yemen is where the two Kouachi brothers got their weapons training before their brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. To say the President of the United States is an Islamic extremist let alone Muslim is unfathomable. But how else can his 'no show' or...
  • US hostage in Yemen died in failed rescue attempt, sister says. (Luke Somers, photographer)

    12/06/2014 12:19:32 AM PST · by Drago · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/06/2014 | Fox News
    BREAKING NEWS: The sister of American hostage Luke Somers says he was killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen. Lucy Somers said: "We ask that all of Luke's family members be allowed to mourn in peace."
  • [LI] Brentwood man Marcos Alonso Zea pleads not guilty to terror charges (AQAP)

    10/19/2013 4:18:31 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Newsday ^ | 10/18/2013 | ROBERT E. KESSLER AND BART JONES
    A Brentwood man was arrested Friday by FBI agents for attempting to join a branch of al-Qaida in Yemen, as well as for conspiring with a previously arrested Babylon man to wage "violent jihad," officials said. Marcos Alonso Zea, 25, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Central Islip to a five-count indictment accusing him of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. The other three counts, to which Zea also pleaded not guilty, involved obstruction of justice and attempted obstruction of justice in an effort to conceal his terrorist activities,...
  • Yemen 'Qaeda' clash with govt supporters kills 3: official

    09/03/2013 8:51:37 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 09/03/2013 | AFP
    ADEN (AFP) - A gun battle in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan left two suspected Al-Qaeda militants and a pro-government militiaman dead on Tuesday, an official from the militia said. Fighting between Al-Qaeda militants and the Popular Resistance Committees, which back the government, took place in Batis, northwest of the city of Jaar, the official said. Tuesday's violence erupted a day after a failed attack on the chief of the Committees in Abyan, Abdullatif Sayed. A blast targeted Sayed's car, but the militia official told AFP that he "escaped unharmed.” The militias, who recruit from the heavily-armed tribes in...
  • US Strikes al Qaeda In Yemen

    08/06/2013 7:11:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Real Clear ^ | 08/06/2013
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members in Yemen on Tuesday, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Muslim world. Yemeni officials have suggested al-Qaida threats to multiple potential targets in the Arabian Peninsula country in recent days, including foreign installations and government offices in the capital Sanaa as well as to the strategic Bab al-Mandeb straits at the entrance to the Red Sea to the south. It is not clear if these...
  • Source: Drone Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Cleric in Yemen

    02/13/2013 2:38:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13
    A drone strike in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa last month killed the top religious cleric for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a source close to the group said on Tuesday. "A drone strike had targeted Sheikh Adel al-Abab's vehicle but he escaped and fled to a mountainous region where a raid by another drone killed him immediately," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. Abab had graduated from the Dawa Islamic studies center, in Sana'a and had served as the top religious cleric for AQAP. American drone strikes against Al-Qaeda terrorists are frequent in Yemen, home...
  • Al Qaeda attack on Yemen army base kills 24

    10/19/2012 12:53:25 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Al Qaeda killed 16 soldiers in an attack on an army base in south Yemen on Friday, medical and military sources said, in a further show of strength by Islamist militants despite a U.S. campaign of drone strikes to neutralize them. Militants tightened their hold on parts of Yemen during an uprising that ousted veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh in February, raising concern for the security of top oil exporter Saudi Arabia next door and nearby shipping lanes.
  • Islamist cleric Anwar Awlaki 'killed in Yemen'

    09/30/2011 1:51:43 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 116 replies · 1+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 30 September 2011 | BBC
    The US-born radical Islamist cleric and suspected al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen, the country's defence ministry has said. A statement said only that he died "along with some of his companions".
  • Undermining al Qaeda in Yemen

    02/03/2010 6:12:01 AM PST · by La Lydia · 87+ views
    Jawa Report ^ | February 3, 2010 | Jane
    Should the US outsource its security to a war criminal? The global reach of al Qaeda in Yemen became clear when a Nigerian disciple of the murder cult nearly blew up an airliner over Detroit. In response, the Obama administration is strengthening its support for Yemeni President Ali Abdull...ah Saleh, one of the regions longest serving dictators and one of the most corrupt. President Obama said he hopes to communicate to “Muslims around the world that al Qaeda offers nothing except a bankrupt vision of misery and death, including the murder of fellow Muslims, while the United States stands with...
  • Al Qaeda planning new attack on the U.S.: report

    01/13/2010 4:43:26 PM PST · by Velveeta · 127 replies · 4,221+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/13/2010 | Newscore
    U.S. Federal officials have credible new intelligence of plans for another al Qaeda attack on the U.S., NBC reported. Officials say they have information that al Qaeda in Yemen is planning another attack but declined to give further details.
  • Leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen killed

    01/12/2010 11:16:05 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 31 replies · 1,469+ views ^ | Jan 13, 2010
    The leader of a Yemeni al-Qaeda cell has been killed in clashes with security forces, Yemen's state news agency has said. The agency said the home of the militant, identified by the governor of Yemen's Shabwa province as Abdullah al-Mehdarhad, was surrounded by security forces on Tuesday and that he was killed as a result of an exchange of fire. Yemen, the Arab world's poorest nation, came to the foreground of US-led efforts to battle Islamist militants after the Yemen-based wing of al Qaeda said it was behind a failed Dec. 25 plot to bomb a US-bound airliner.
  • Yemen's president open to dialogue with al-Qaida

    01/10/2010 9:05:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 361+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/10/2010 | Associated Press via Yahoo News
    Yemen's president said he is ready to talk to al-Qaida members who renounce violence, suggesting he could show them the same kind of leniency he has granted militants in the past despite U.S. pressure to crack down on the terror group. Yemen is moving cautiously in the fight against al-Qaida, worried over a potential backlash in a country where anger at the U.S. and extremism are widespread. Thousands of Yemenis are battle-hardened veterans of past "holy wars" in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya and Iraq, and though most are not engaged in violence now they preserve a die-hard al-Qaida ideology. "Any movement...
  • Obama: 'No intention' to send troops to Yemen

    01/10/2010 2:58:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies · 535+ views ^ | January 10, 2010 | AP
    President Barack Obama says he has no intention of sending American troops to Yemen or Somalia, but won't rule out the possibility.
  • Plane Plot Suspect Boasted of Others Trained to Blow Up Jets (Hey Obama, guess who they are?)

    01/09/2010 7:46:59 AM PST · by tobyhill · 21 replies · 792+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2010 | Fox News
    The Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day told investigators after his arrest that close to 20 other young Muslim men were being trained in Yemen to blow up airliners, CBS News reports. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's claim that others were being prepared to use the same technique on jets reportedly was confirmed by British intelligence. Sources told CBS that his statement was behind the U.S.-issued directive announcing "enhanced screening" for "every individual" on U.S.-bound flights from 14 countries.
  • Former bin Laden bodyguard is among ex-guerrillas in Yemen

    01/05/2010 7:58:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 513+ views
    Wapo ^ | 1/5/10 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    SANAA, YEMEN -- When he served in the Afghan mountains as Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguard, Nasser al-Bahri said, he was known as "The Killer." Today, Bahri is a business consultant in Yemen who favors Western-style pinstriped shirts, crisp slacks and black loafers. But his ideas are still radical: Ask him whether jihadists should kill Americans on U.S. soil and he replies without hesitation, "America is a legitimate target."
  • Freed Guantánamo inmates are heading for Yemen to join al-Qaeda fight

    01/04/2010 5:50:54 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 660+ views ^ | Jan. 5, 2010 | Tom Coghlan
    At least a dozen former Guantánamo Bay inmates have rejoined al-Qaeda to fight in Yemen, The Times has learnt, amid growing concern over the ability of the country’s Government to accept almost 100 more former inmates from the detention centre. The Obama Administration promised to close the Guantánamo facility by January 22, a deadline that it will be unable to meet. The 91 Yemeni prisoners in Guantánamo make up the largest national contingent among the 198 being held. Six prisoners were returned to Yemen last month. After the Christmas Day bomb plot in Detroit, US officials are increasingly concerned that...
  • Despite Al Qaeda Threat, U.S. Not Planning to Expand Terror Fight in Yemen

    01/03/2010 11:38:41 AM PST · by SmartInsight · 15 replies · 777+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | FoxNews
    The U.S. does not plan to open a new front in Yemen in the global fight against terrorism despite closing its embassy there in the face of Al Qaeda threats, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday. "We're not talking about that at this point at all," White House aide John Brennan told Fox News when asked whether U.S. troops would be sent to Yemen. "The Yemeni government has demonstrated their willingness to take the fight to Al Qaeda," he said. "They're willing to accept our support. We're providing them everything that they've asked for." The U.S. gave Yemen $67...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to "Homeland"

    01/01/2010 6:44:00 PM PST · by Saije · 188 replies · 9,243+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1/1/2010 | Mark Hosenball
    President Barack Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the US, Newsweek has learned. The briefing was centered on a written report, produced by US intelligence agencies, entitled "Key Homeland Threats", a senior US official said. The senior Administration official, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that nowhere in this document was there any mention of Yemen, whose Al-Qaeda affiliate is now believed to have been behind the unsuccessful Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down a transatlantic airliner with a bomb hidden in his...
  • Former Gitmo detainees help al-Qaida grow in Yemen

    12/31/2009 12:38:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 469+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/31/09 | Mike Melia and Sarah El Deeb - ap
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – As a prisoner at Guantanamo, Said Ali al-Shihri said he wanted freedom so he could go home to Saudi Arabia and work at his family's furniture store. Instead, al-Shihri, who was released in 2007 under the Bush administration, is now deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a group that has claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attempted bomb attack on a Detroit-bound airliner. His potential involvement in the terrorist plot has raised new opposition to releasing Guantanamo Bay inmates, complicating President Barack Obama's pledge to close the military prison in Cuba. It also...
  • Eric Holder’s Firm May Have Represented Undie Bomber Mastermind Before His Release

    12/30/2009 4:44:21 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 27 replies · 1,431+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/30/09 | Jim Hoft
    The leaders of the Detroit undie bomber’s Al-Qaeda group are Gitmo Grads and may have been represented by Eric Holder’s firm before their release. Two Gitmo grads rehabilitated in Saudi Arabia rejoined the jihad and made a movie earlier this year. Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri (right) and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi appeared in a threatening Al-Qaeda movie earlier this year. Said Ali al-Shihri (or al-Shahri) passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen. (AFP) The two set up their base in Yemen. This week...
  • Yemen, a crucial country to Al Qaeda according to experts

    12/27/2009 10:50:15 PM PST · by onyx · 19 replies · 653+ views
    ennaharonline (english) ^ | 27 December, 2009 03:48:00 | ennahar
    PARIS - By claiming to have been equipped and trained in Yemen, the apprentice Nigerian terrorist who tried to blow up an Airbus over the United States last Friday, illustrates the importance of this country for Al-Qaeda, experts say. According to a U.S. federal quoted by CNN, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab (or Oumar Farouk Abdulmutallab), 23, would immediately after his arrest, say acting on behalf of Osama bin Laden and that he had gone for equipment and instruction in Yemen. For Bernard Haykel, a specialist in the Arabian Peninsula at the American University of Princeton, "it is indisputable that Yemen has...
  • Al-Qaida in Yemen claims attack on US airliner

    12/28/2009 11:36:16 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 505+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.28, 2009
    CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack on a U.S. airliner on Christmas day, saying it was retaliation for a U.S. operation against the group in Yemen. In a statement posted on the Internet, the group said 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the group. Yemeni forces, helped by U.S. intelligence, carried out two airstrikes against al-Qaida operatives in the country this month. The second one was a day before the attempted bombing of the plane. The group said the would-be bomber used explosives manufactured by al-Qaida members.
  • Abdulmutallab: More Like Me In Yemen

    12/28/2009 6:14:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 1,759+ views
    ABDULMUTALLAB: More Like Me In Yemen Accused Northwest Bomber Says More Bombers On the Way; Al Qaeda Promises to Hit Americans By BRIAN ROSS and RICHARD ESPOSITO Dec. 28, 2009 — American officials have cause to worry there may be more al Qaeda-trained young men in Yemen planning to bring down American jets. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon. And in a tape released four days before the attempted destruction of the Detroit-bound Northwest plane, the...
  • Yemen arrests 29 al Qaeda suspects after raids

    12/28/2009 5:08:32 AM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies · 338+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/28/2009 | Reuters
    Yemen has arrested 29 suspected al Qaeda members since raiding the group to foil attacks on oil installations and foreign interests including the British embassy, national security chief Ali Mohammad Al-Ansi said. Al Qaeda's presence in Yemen has grown over the past year, and Washington has said a Nigerian who tried to bomb a U.S. passenger jet on Christmas Day claimed he got help from al Qaeda militants in the impoverished Arab country. Ansi said on the defense ministry website that al Qaeda had been planning to attack Yemeni government institutions as well as the UK embassy in Sanaa. "Until...
  • Al-Qaeda in Yemen threatened US 4 days before terror attempt

    12/28/2009 3:39:42 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 390+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2009 | AP
    CAIRO — An Al-Qaeda operative in Yemen threatened the United States and said “we are carrying a bomb” in a video posted online four days before the botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight. The video does not contain any clear evidence that the speaker was anticipating Friday’s attempt, but it has attracted scrutiny because of reports that the bombing plot may have originated in Yemen. The 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the attack claimed he received training and instructions from al-Qaida operatives there, U.S. law enforcement officials said, and a key American lawmaker has said...
  • U.S. Quietly Takes Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Stronghold-(not "part of anything larger")

    12/27/2009 6:27:14 PM PST · by maggief · 28 replies · 825+ views
    NYTimes ^ | December 27, 2009 | ERIC SCHMITT and ROBERT F. WORTH
    WASHINGTON — In the midst of two unfinished major wars, the United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against Al Qaeda in Yemen. A year ago, the Central Intelligence Agency sent many field operatives with counterterrorism experience to the country, according a former top agency official. At the same time, some the most secretive Special Operations commandos have begun training Yemeni security forces in counterterrorism tactics, senior military officers said. The Pentagon is spending more than $70 million over the next 18 months, and using teams of Special Forces, to train and equip Yemeni military, Interior Ministry...
  • Flashback: Freed by the U.S., Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief [in Yemen]

    12/27/2009 7:41:09 AM PST · by Brilliant · 15 replies · 595+ views
    NYT ^ | January 22, 2009 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year. The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen's capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen. His status was announced in an Internet statement by...
  • Investigators: Northwest Bomb Plot Planned by al Qaeda in Yemen

    12/26/2009 4:23:10 PM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies · 1,341+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 26, 2009 | Richard Esposito and Brian Ross
    The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect's underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News. Investigators say the suspect [Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab} had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military. The so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, had only about 50 grams kin his failed attempt in 2001 to blow up a U.S.-bound jet. Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or...
  • NW Bomb Planned by al-Qaeda in Yemen

    12/26/2009 12:01:37 PM PST · by gandalftb · 74 replies · 3,293+ views
    The Blotter from Brian Ross News ABC ^ | Dec. 26, 2009 | RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS
    The plot to blow up a passenger jet was launched by al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect's underwear.The suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin. Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in "proper contact" with the explosive material.Abdulmutallab made contact via the internet with a radical imam in Yemen who then connected him with al-Qaeda leaders. The suspect lived with the al-Qaeda leader in Yemen for about a month and was not allowed to leave as he was trained in...
  • Yemen strikes al-Qaida chiefs in US-backed assault

    12/24/2009 7:52:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 627+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/24/09 | Ahmed al-Haj - ap
    SAN'A, Yemen – Yemen's military hit suspected al-Qaida hideouts Thursday and targeted a gathering of top militant leaders, possibly killing a radical cleric linked to the U.S. Army major accused of the Fort Hood mass shooting, in strikes carried out with U.S. intelligence help, officials said. At least 30 militants were believed to be killed in the second such strike in a week. Pentagon officials could not confirm Thursday whether U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed in the strike. Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, before moving in 2002 to...
  • Yemeni forces launch attack on al-Qaeda operatives

    12/24/2009 2:19:07 PM PST · by myknowledge · 17 replies · 990+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2009 | Sudarsan Raghavan and Gred Jaffe
    SANAA, Yemen -- Yemeni forces, backed by the United States, launched an attack Thursday on a meeting of al-Qaeda operatives where a Yemeni American preacher linked to the suspected gunman in the Fort Hood attacks might have been present, U.S. and Yemeni officials said. The strike on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in southeastern Yemen killed at least 30 suspected militants and was the second such assault in the past week, according to Yemeni security and government sources. One of the possible meeting participants was Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen and extremist preacher who exchanged e-mails with the Army psychiatrist suspected...
  • Yemen Says It Attacked Qaeda Gathering

    12/24/2009 11:27:30 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 439+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 24, 2009 | JACK HEALY and SCOTT SHANE
    Yemeni authorities announced an air strike against a meeting of senior Qaeda officials on Thursday morning and raised the possibility that a radical cleric tied to the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings was among those killed. A statement by the Yemeni Embassy in Washington said the strike targeted a gathering of “scores” of Qaeda operatives from Yemen and other countries held in a remote corner southern Yemen, and said the cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, was “presumed” to have been present. It could take days for investigators to sift through the rubble to identify the dead, and intelligence officials in the...
  • Yemen is growing front in al-Qaida battle

    12/23/2009 7:42:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 421+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 12/23/2009 | Lolita Baldor
    The secretive U.S. air strike against suspected al-Qaida in Yemen last week is the latest in what has been a fast-growing campaign to better equip and fund Yemeni forces so they can eliminate the expanding al-Qaida safe havens there. The Pentagon has poured nearly $70 million in military aid to Yemen this year, a massive financial infusion compared to nothing in 2008. Much like the effort with Pakistan's Frontier Corps, the military has boosted its counterterrorism training for Yemeni forces, and is providing more intelligence, which probably includes surveillance by unmanned drones, according to U.S.. officials and analysts. The heightened...
  • Imam tied to Fort Hood shooter "killed" in Yemen raid

    12/24/2009 6:36:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 1,051+ views
    mam tied to Fort Hood shooter "killed" in Yemen raid Thu Dec 24, 3:39 am ET SANAA (Reuters) – A radical Muslim preacher linked by U.S. intelligence to a gunman who killed 13 people at a U.S. Army base is believed to have died in a Yemen airstrike on al Qaeda militants, a security official said on Thursday. "Anwar al Awlaki is suspected to be dead (in the air raid)," said the Yemeni official, who asked not to be identified. Yemen said 30 militants were killed in the strike in the eastern province of Shabwa.
  • Al-Qaida Confirms "Martyrdom" of Former Guantanamo Detainee in Yemen

    12/07/2009 10:38:26 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 598+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM ^ | December 6, 2009 | By Evan Kohlmann
    SNIPPET: "Al-Qaida's network in the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen) has released the audio-recorded wills of two mujahideen operatives who were recently "martyred" in clashes with local security forces -- including former Guantanamo Bay detainee #114 Yusuf Muhammad Mubarak al-Jebairy al-Shehri. The younger brother of a senior Al-Qaida member, al-Shehri first left his home in Saudi Arabia in mid-2001 in order to wage jihad alongside the Taliban because he "thought that participating in jihad with the Taliban was the right thing to do... the Taliban were good Muslims.” In the midst of fleeing the crumbling Taliban frontline in late 2001, Yusuf al-Shehri...
  • US imam wanted in Yemen over al-Qaida suspicions

    11/10/2009 5:43:06 PM PST · by EBH · 2 replies · 244+ views
    AP ^ | 11/10/2009 | AHMED AL-HAJ and DONNA ABU-NASR
    SAN'A, Yemen – A radical American imam who communicated with the Fort Hood shooting suspect and called him a hero was once arrested in Yemen on suspicion of giving religious approval to militants to conduct kidnappings. Yemeni authorities are now hunting for Anwar al-Awlaki to determine whether he has al-Qaida ties.
  • Slaughter of Foreigners in Yemen Bears Mark of Former Gitmo Detainee, Say Experts

    06/20/2009 8:34:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,386+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 20, 2009 | Jana Winter
    The fate of three of nine foreigners abducted in Yemen last week is known — their bodies were found, shot execution style. The whereabouts of the other six — including three children under the age of 6 — remain a mystery. But terrorism experts say their abductors and killers are almost certainly not a mystery. They say the crimes bear the mark of Al Qaeda, and they fear they are the handiwork of the international terror organization's No. 2 man in the Arabian Peninsula: Said Ali al-Shihri, an Islamic extremist who once was in American custody — but who was...
  • Foreigners 'were warned' before Yemen kidnapping

    06/20/2009 7:43:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 750+ views
    reuters ^ | June 20, 2009
    A GROUP of foreigners were warned against going on an outing before a kidnapping which led to the killing of three of them, Yemen's interior minister said. "The authorities received the threat of an attack and there was a warning given to the Germans asking them not to travel outside their area of work," Muttahar al-Masri said. The killing of three women, identified as two German nurses and a South Korean teacher, coincided with a rise in separatist and militant tensions in Yemen whose instability has alarmed Western countries and Saudi Arabia. The nine were seized last week outside the...
  • Update: Hostages' bodies 'found in Yemen'

    06/15/2009 8:06:37 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 13 replies · 653+ views
    At least seven foreign hostages seized in Yemen, including at least one child, have been found dead, officials say. They were reportedly part of a group of nine foreigners, three of them children, who were kidnapped last week in a mountainous northern area. The group comprised seven Germans, a male British engineer and a female South Korean teacher. So far no-one has claimed responsibility for the attack blamed by Yemen on a local Shia rebel group. More than 200 foreign nationals have been kidnapped in Yemen in the last 15 years, often for ransom. But most have been released unharmed....
  • Al-Qaeda financier arrested in Yemen: official

    06/14/2009 5:31:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies · 497+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 14, 2009
    Yemeni authorities have arrested the financier of Al-Qaeda operations in the country and in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, an official said Sunday, as cited on the defence ministry news website. "The arrested man is named Hassan Hussein bin Alwan, a Saudi national, and he is the financier for attacks launched by Al-Qaeda organisation in Yemen and Saudi Arabia," the unnamed security official told September Net website. "He is considered one of the most dangerous members of Al-Qaeda," he added.
  • Al-Qaeda calls for Islamic rule in South Yemen

    05/14/2009 2:40:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 320+ views
    Yemen Times ^ | 5/13/09
    The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Nasser Al-Wuhaishi declared on Wednesday his support for what he called "the rejection of oppression", referring to the protests which have been taking place since April in the southern cities. At least eight Yemenis, including four soldiers, have been killed in a week of unrest in Abyan, Lahj and Aldhala'a, where witnessed clashes between the government and groups of locals who complained that northerners have abused a unity agreement to grab their resources and discriminate against them, and raised slogans call for separating their governorates from Yemen, which was united in 1990....
  • Yemen to free al-Qaeda suspects

    02/09/2009 11:35:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 460+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 8 February 2009
    Yemen has decided to release 176 men suspected of ties to the militant network al-Qaeda on condition of good behaviour, officials say. The ruling excludes those convicted of terrorism, unless they have completed their sentence. Yemen has gained a reputation as a haven for Islamist militants in recent years, and there have been a series of attacks against Western targets. Previous prisoner releases have worried US officials. As a result, the US was more reluctant to free Yemeni prisoners from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, correspondents say. One unnamed Yemeni official was quoted by AFP news agency as...
  • 170 Al Qaeda Suspects Released in Yemen

    02/08/2009 3:42:54 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 7 replies · 484+ views ^ | Sunday, February 08, 2009
    SAN'A, Yemen — Yemen released 170 men it had arrested on suspicion of having ties to Al Qaeda, security officials said Sunday, two weeks after the terror group announced that Yemen had become the base of its activities for the whole Arabian peninsula. In the past, such releases have raised concern in the United States and increased its reluctance to release Yemeni detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Yemen has said it expects most of the 100 remaining Yemenis at Guantanamo to be sent home after President Barack Obama ordered the prison shut within a year.
  • Official: Yemen releases 170 al-Qaida suspects

    02/08/2009 11:04:35 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 501+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2009 | AHMED AL-HAJ
    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - Yemen released 170 men it had arrested on suspicion of having ties to al-Qaida, security officials said Sunday, two weeks after the terror group announced that Yemen had become the base of its activities for the whole Arabian peninsula.
  • Olbermaniac says al-Qaeda leader is innocent furniture salesman

    01/27/2009 7:06:10 PM PST · by slomark · 13 replies · 556+ views
    Don’t look now, but Keith Olbermann’s synapses are misfiring again. The background: former Gitmo prisoner Said Ali al-Shihri, who was released in 2007, has received a plum promotion. He’s now an al-Qaeda leader in Yemen. According to Olbermann’s latest lunacy, al-Shihri was innocently skipping through the desert picking flowers when he was detained. Only after being unfairly imprisoned did he begin working his way up international terrorism’s corporate ladder. “But perhaps the real question is,” the Olbermaniac said,