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  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...
  • Obama Now Claims The Power To Freeze Your Assets If You Oppose The New Government In Yemen

    05/16/2012 10:30:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/16/12 | Alex Biles
    View Over at Salon, Glenn Greenwald has the goods on the latest astounding power grab by the Obama Administration. According to The Washington Post, Obama has just issued an executive order claiming the power to freeze any assets you own, if you "directly or indirectly" obstruct the new government of Yemen. There are hardly any criteria for judging just how broadly this order can be interpreted. Here's the background: Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is the new Yemeni president, and the former Vice President of long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hadi was recently installed after an "election" where he ran unopposed,...
  • Don't tell anyone, but that al Qaeda mole op had zero to do with the Obama administration

    05/15/2012 4:36:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 15, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOM
    Here's a disturbing update to last week's amazing story about the U.S. mole who infiltrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and thwarted an airliner attack with a more sophisticated underwear bomb. Someone in Washington whose boss stood to gain from an election year story about alert intelligence operatives successfully protecting American voters at great personal risk leaked the heroic story to the Associated Press. The AP held the story until Obama administration sources said the CIA operative was safe. But, it turns out, the mole was not a CIA operative. The Obama administration had nothing to do with the...
  • BOMBSHELL: Al-Qaeda Infiltrator was not CIA, Cover Blown for Election Year Politics

    05/15/2012 9:36:45 AM PDT · by wildbill · 49 replies
    P.J. Tatler ^ | 5/15/2012 | Patrick Poole
    Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as the week progressed, a developing bombshell story got buried under President Obama’s gay marriage announcement. Not only is the supposed CIA asset not a CIA asset at all, but the entire operation was exposed prematurely and the double-agent’s life was immediately threatened by an intelligence leak that very well may have come out of the White House for political gain. As...
  • Postal worker says leaking package from Yemen made him seriously ill

    05/13/2012 11:33:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 13/5/12
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A postal worker says a mysterious leaking package from Yemen has left him seriously ill, but the U.S. Postal Service denies the package ever existed. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, in a story printed in Sunday's Miami Herald and The Ledger of Lakeland, reported that Jeffrey A. Lill suffers from extreme fatigue, tremors, and liver and neurological problems. The symptoms are consistent with toxic exposure, problems that he said began after he handled the leaking package on Feb. 4, 2011. The center tracked down co-workers who said that they saw and smelled the package and that...
  • US sends troops to Yemen as Al Qaeda gains ground

    05/12/2012 8:08:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/11/12 | Anna Mulrine
    US sends troops to Yemen as Al Qaeda gains groundBy Anna Mulrine | Christian Science Monitor – Fri, May 11, 2012 The week after revelations by a double agent that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was trying to take down a US airliner with an underwear bomb, the Pentagon announced that it has begun sending US troops into Yemen. The move is part of a US effort to increase pressure on the terrorist outfit based in Yemen at a time when the Yemeni government is weak and only now beginning to emerge from a period of political turmoil....
  • US drone kills 8 Qaeda terrorists in Yemen

    05/10/2012 4:04:40 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 5 replies
    Daily Times ^ | Friday, May 11, 2012 | Daily Times
    ADEN: US drone strikes killed eight al Qaeda terrorists gathered in a house in southern Yemen, tribal sources said on Thursday, amid reports a Saudi mole had infiltrated the network and supplied information to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The strikes took place around midnight on Wednesday in the town of Jaar, an al Qaeda stronghold in Abyan province, a source in the town said. “We heard three explosions rock the town,” the source said, adding that a ‘US drone’ carried out the strikes on a residence where the terrorists had been meeting in the dead of night. “Eight terrorists...
  • US: CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot

    05/07/2012 1:26:58 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Jetliner Bomb Plot Is Foiled

    05/07/2012 10:30:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    WallStreet Journal ^ | By SIOBHAN GORMAN, LAURA MECKLER and EVAN PERE
    The U.S. thwarted a bomb plot by al Qaeda's Yemeni branch aimed at bringing down a jetliner with a more advanced version of an underwear bomb used in a failed 2009 Christmas Day attempt, officials said Monday. The Central Intelligence Agency, working with foreign security services, was able to seize the bomb—which they believed was intended for a U.S.-bound flight—before the would-be suicide bomber was able to move ahead with his plot, officials said. Because the plot was headed off in its early stages, officials said the effort never represented a threat to Americans or to U.S. allies, nor did...
  • Militant Tied to U.S.S. Cole Bombing Said to Be Killed

    05/06/2012 5:38:00 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies
    A senior Qaeda militant in Yemen linked to the deadly bombing of an American warship there in 2000 was killed in an airstrike on Sunday, the Yemeni government said, in the latest sign of an escalating American campaign to counter the terrorist threat there. Yemeni authorities said the militant, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso, 37, who has been on the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted list in connection with the bombing of the Navy destroyer Cole that killed 17 sailors in October 2000, died in the strike in Shabwa Province in one of the rugged tribal areas controlled by insurgents. The Yemen Embassy...
  • "Sin" has led to Middle East unrest - Saudi cleric think?}

    05/06/2012 5:44:36 AM PDT · by shove_it · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5 May 2012
    EDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top religious official has blamed Muslim sinfulness for instability in the Middle East, where pro-democracy unrest has toppled four heads of state. "The schism, instability, the malfunctioning of security and the breakdown of unity that Islamic countries are facing these days is a result of the sins of the public and their transgressions," Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh was quoted as saying by al-Watan newspaper. In a Friday sermon, he accused "chaotic" people of wearing mask of "democracy and equality" for actions leading to injustice and instability within the umma, or Muslim...
  • Per Yemen being raised as an issue today by Gingrich: would Romney send Seal team(s) into Yemen?

    05/02/2012 3:08:18 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    5/2/2012 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    During Gingrich's speech today on the day of his suspension of his campaign, Gingrich raised and interesting issue about Yemen - saying that it, not Afghanistan, was the center of Al Qaeda. According to some sources, the U.S. is supposedly conducting drone attacks in Yemen against Al Qaeda. But... Would Romney favor sending in Seal team(s) into Yemen (or any other country for that matter in the ME, ally or not) to target high-value terrorists targets? If so, why did Romney say on Aug 1, 2007 the following: "I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a...
  • White House approves broader Yemen drone campaign

    04/26/2012 12:40:37 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 2 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 26 2012 | Greg Miller
    The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said. The policy shift marks a significant expansion of the clandestine drone war against an al-Qaeda affiliate that has seized large ­pieces of territory in Yemen and is linked to a series of terrorist plots against the United States.
  • Yemen air force, US drone kill 24 Qaeda suspects

    04/08/2012 5:32:31 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | 08 April 2012 | AFP
    Air strikes have killed 24 Al-Qaeda suspects in their strongholds in the country's south and east, the defence ministry and a tribal chief said on Sunday. A Yemeni air raid late on Saturday killed "16 terrorists belonging to Al-Qaeda network in Kud near Zinjibar," the extremists' stronghold in the south, the defence ministry news website 26sep.net reported. Meanwhile, a tribal chief told AFP a US drone killed eight Al-Qaeda suspects when it fired a missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of Shabwa on Saturday, a tribal chief told AFP. "Al-Qaeda militants were aboard a vehicle on their way...
  • Clinton proposes missile shield to protect GCC

    03/31/2012 11:14:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Arab News ^ | April Fools' Day 2012 | Ghazanfar Ali Khan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, who met with the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) here yesterday, proposed a strong missile shield to protect Gulf Arab states from Tehran and sought to work with them to help end the violence in Iran's ally Syria. Clinton said: "It is a US priority to help the GCC build a regional missile defense architecture" against what that country sees as a looming ballistic missile threat from Iran. Clinton said that she looked forward to discussing the wide range of common strategic concerns, including preventing Iran from acquiring a...
  • U.S. drones attack militants in Pakistan, Yemen (suspected al Qaeda targets)

    03/30/2012 2:51:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/12 | Mark Hosenball - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-operated drones carried out deadly missile strikes against suspected al Qaeda targets in Pakistan and Yemen on Friday, U.S. government sources said. There was no connection between the targets in the two locations, other than the fact that both sets of militants who were attacked were believed to have had some connection with al Qaeda affiliates, .. Reports from Aden said that at least five suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a car in southern Yemen's Shabwa province were killed when a drone strike set their vehicle on fire. Witnesses said a second drone hit an empty...
  • American killed in Yemen 'highly respected' Islam

    03/19/2012 6:01:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | March 19, 2012
    The employers of an American man killed while working in Yemen said in a statement Monday that he “highly respected” Islam, after a group tied to al-Qaida claimed it had executed him because of his “Christian proselytizing.” Joel Shrum, a teacher at the International Training Development Center, was shot dead Sunday in the city of Taiz where he worked. A group linked to al-Qaida, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), claimed responsibility. "This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims," an unidentified person said in a text message to...
  • Al-Qaida gunman kills American teacher in Yemen

    03/18/2012 6:26:27 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/18/2012 | Charlene Gubash
    A gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle shot to death an American teacher in the city of Taiz, Yemen, on Sunday, a high-ranking government official there told NBC News. The official said the teacher, an adviser at a Swedish-affiliated institute, died immediately after he was struck by gunfire Sunday morning. Taiz is about 50 miles south of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. Officials from the institute identified the victim as Joel Shrun and said he was born in 1983. However, a U.S. State Department official later told NBC News it had not yet been able to confirm the...
  • The new authoritarians

    03/08/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 1 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mindy Belz
    Through their U.S. front groups, Muslim radicals overtaking the Middle East have found support in the Obama administration The last time we saw one whole despotic region of the world come tumbling down we could name the heroes and the moments that propelled it: An electrician named Lech Walesa, jumping a wall at the Gdansk shipyard. Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of the Russian White House, defying the Communist old guard in 1991. Pastor Laszlo Tokes, refusing an eviction notice from his Romanian flat as crowds of demonstrators gathered. A playwright named Vaclav Havel before a joint session...
  • Exclusive: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula massacres 60 Yemeni soldiers

    03/05/2012 4:24:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Catherine Herridge
    A Yemeni government spokesman tells Fox News that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is responsible for the deaths of at least 60 Yemeni soldiers in the southern province of Abyan after a massacre Sunday. The attack at a forward operating base or FOB, about 10 miles from the strategic city of Zinjibar, an area largely controlled by the network's affiliate, included suicide bombers and VBIEDS (vehicle borne improvised explosive devices.) The assault began from the east, and like a one-two punch, a second assault was launched form the north with AQAP operatives taking control of the Yemeni military's...
  • Car Bomb Detonates, Kills 26 as Yemen Swears in President

    02/25/2012 7:09:03 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for a suicide-bombing Saturday in the southern Yemeni port city of Mukalla, which left at least 26 people dead and at least 20 others wounded. The bombing came just hours after a speech by Yemen's new President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is originally from the south of the country. Witnesses say the suicide car-bomber broke through an outer barrier at a presidential compound in Mukalla blowing up himself and his vehicle, near a group of soldiers who were eating, causing dozens of casualties. Al Arabiya TV reported that the car-bomber was from Saudi Arabia and belonged...
  • Yemeni Pietŕ is placating to Islam and an insult to Michelangelo, Jesus, Mary, and Christianity

    02/11/2012 5:58:18 PM PST · by forty_years · 4 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | 2/11/2012 | netwmd Staff
    Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda won the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year award Friday for an image of a veiled woman holding a wounded relative in her arms after a demonstration in Yemen. ... the image has religious 'almost Biblical' overtones and noted its resemblance in composition to Michelangelo's Pieta -- but in a Muslim setting. ..." - CBC, Feb 10, 2012 "Almost Biblical." Not... even... close... Comparing Michelangelo's Pietŕ to some snapshot of a burqa-ed Muslim woman holding some injured Yemeni street protester is an ideal example of Westerners wearing rose-colored glasses. Many Western "intellectuals" are bending...
  • USS Cole bombing suspect killed in Yemen strike

    02/01/2012 6:31:32 AM PST · by FewsOrange · 12 replies
    CBS (AP story) ^ | January 31, 2012 9:31 AM | AP
    (AP) SANAA, Yemen - U.S. airstrikes targeting leaders from Yemen's active al Qaeda branch killed four suspected militants, including a man suspected of involvement in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, officials said Tuesday. Yemeni security and military officials said missiles struck a school and a car late Monday in the southern Abyan province, which has seen large swaths fall under the influence of al Qaeda as the militants seek to exploit the security vacuum since an uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh began last year. Tribal officials in the area said the strike hit the militants late Monday...
  • Yemen's president to seek medical treatment in U.S.

    01/22/2012 4:19:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/22/12 | State Dept
    From the State Department: "Ali Abdullah Saleh's request to travel to the U.S. for medical treatment has been approved. As we have indicated, the sole purpose of this travel is for medical treatment and we expect that he will stay for a limited time that corresponds to the duration of this treatment. Specific questions regarding his travel plans should be directed to the Yemeni government."
  • Iran and the Islamist Spring

    12/30/2011 10:04:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | December 31, 2011 | Amani Maged
    Yes, that's what the mainstream in Tehran call it, though it seems to be inspiring both camps... in Tehran. The Arab Spring has undoubtedly cast its shadow over the Islamic Republic of Iran and, perhaps, sent refreshing breezes through the streets of the Iranian capital and other cities. Certainly, too, the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen have had a direct impact on the bilateral relations between Tehran and each of these countries and even countries with diplomatic relations with the revolutionary countries, such as Turkey. Such large and politically central countries as Egypt and Syria would...
  • Yemen's Leader Causes Headaches In Washington

    12/27/2011 4:39:27 PM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 27 Dec 2011 | Bradley Klapper & Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing an unprecedented diplomatic act — whether to bar a friendly president from U.S. soil. American officials were evaluating on Tuesday an awkward request from Yemeni strongman and longtime U.S. counterterrorism partner Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has said he plans to come to the United States for medical treatment for injuries suffered in a June assassination attempt, and he has asked for a U.S. visa for entry to the country. Fearful of appearing to harbor an autocrat with blood on his hands, the Obama administration was trying to ensure that Saleh visits only...
  • Yemeni Prez Will Receive Medical Care in US: Officials (Hussein welcomes despised dictator)

    12/27/2011 6:49:17 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 3 replies
    newser.com ^ | 12.26.11 | N Colgass
    (NEWSER) –The debate is apparently over: Washington will allow Yemen's embattled president to visit New York for medical treatment, US officials tell the New York Times. They say the move will effectively disempower Ali Abdullah Saleh by removing him from Yemen, where demonstrators are still waging a deadly battle for democracy. “In the end, we felt there was enough good to be gained that it was worth managing the criticism that we’d get," says a US official.
  • U.S. May Allow Yemeni Leader to Visit for Medical Care

    12/26/2011 5:51:56 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 5 replies
    NYT ^ | December 26, 2011 | MARK LANDLER and ERIC SCHMITT
    HONOLULU — The Obama administration has been enmeshed in a vigorous internal debate over whether to allow the embattled president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to travel to New York City for medical treatment, with at least one administration official saying Monday that the decision to admit him had been made.
  • U.S. May Allow Yemeni Leader to Visit for Medical Care

    12/26/2011 5:48:27 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | MARK LANDLER and ERIC SCHMITT
    HONOLULU — The Obama administration has been enmeshed in a vigorous internal debate over whether to allow the embattled president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to travel to New York City for medical treatment, with at least one administration official saying Monday that the decision to admit him had been made. The administration, hunting for a way to ensure progress toward elections in Yemen, has been grappling with fears that the United States would be criticized for appearing to provide a safe haven for a reviled Arab leader responsible for the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators. If he is allowed...
  • Yemen's 'March of Life' Ends In Death

    12/24/2011 4:40:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Yemen's elite Republican Guard forces fired rifles, tear gas, and water cannons on over 100,000 marchers on a road leading to the capital of Sanaa, killing at least 9 and wounding at least 90. Participants in the so-called "March of Life" followed a 270-kilometre route from the southern city of Taez, a major opposition stronghold. The march reportedly began with some 15,000 participants but grew over four days as it made its way to the capital. They object to a transfer of power deal agreed to by outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in which he agreed to step down in...
  • Assad Gives U.S. Names of Fake Terrorists to Kill

    04/05/2011 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 15, 2011 | Farid Ghadry
    Assad's regime just blamed me, among others, for fomenting the revolution. Here's what else he's been up to, which might have something to do with Clinton's "reformer" comment (with video). “Hajji” is the nickname Syrians call those pious men who prayed in Makah; it is also the nickname Syrian lampoonists confer upon the most corrupt of men. So, it came as no surprise to many that Assad just asked “Hajji” Adel Safar, a hardcore Ba’athist and regime inner circle corruptible, to form the new Syrian government.The chronology of how Syrians view the history of the last three weeks can be...
  • Al-Qaida Still Planning Attacks in Germany

    12/14/2011 5:04:05 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies
    SPIEGEL.de - SPIEGEL Online International ^ | 12/13/2011 | By Holger Stark [Translated from the German by Josh Ward]
    PHOTO CAPTION - SNIPPET: "Officials believe that more members of the so-called Düsseldorf cell may still be at large." SNIPPET: "Halil S. is a man who knows his way around computers. When he went online..." SNIPPET: "German security officials allege that the 27-year-old is the fourth member of the so-called "Düsselfdorf Cell." The group is believed to be the al-Qaida cell currently active in Germany and tasked with carrying out a major attack in Europe. Three other members of the cell, Moroccan Abdeladim el-K. and two accomplices, were arrested in late April and are being held in custody. Authorities believe...
  • Yemen leader will choose war, not quit: Nobel winner

    12/11/2011 2:34:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, December 10, 2011 | Gwladys Fouche and Balazs Koranyi
    ...Speaking after receiving the prize at a ceremony in Oslo, 32-year-old Yemeni journalist Tawakul Karman said Saleh, who promised last month to stand down by February, "will not leave. He wants to (push) the country into civil war." "If the international community does not freeze his money and that of high officials and his family, he will continue to try to (lead) the country into civil war," she told Reuters in an interview in Oslo... During her prize acceptance speech, the 32-year-old journalist rebuked the international community for failing to support the Yemen uprising... "The democratic world, which has told...
  • Nasrallah makes rare appearance, speaks on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

    12/10/2011 5:38:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Arab American [sic] News [sic] ^ | Friday, December 9, 2001 | Compiled sources
    Nasrallah making his first public appearance since July 2008, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed hundreds of thousands of followers in the south part of Beirut on Tuesday, Dec. 6... Nasrallah reaffirmed his support for reforms in Syria, saying once again that "some people want to destroy Syria and compensate for their loss in Iraq. We remain on our stance; we support the reforms in Syria, and we are with a resisting government," he said... "Regarding the Golan Heights, head of the Syrian National Council stated that he will refer the issue to the international community, and therefore this serves...
  • Nobel winner says Arab Spring will banish terror

    12/09/2011 5:41:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 9, 2011 | BJOERN H. AMLAND and KARL RITTER
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman says she believes the pro-democracy revolts that have swept the Arab world will help "drive out" al-Qaida terrorists. Karman told The Associated Press on the eve of Saturday's award ceremony that the autocratic leaders that were toppled from Tunisia to her native Yemen created an environment where extremism could grow.
  • RECOMMENDED READING: “Whitewashing the Muslim Brotherhood, Nobel Peace Prize for a ‘Muslim Sister’”

    12/01/2011 11:28:28 AM PST · by bayouranger
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 11-30-11 | GlobalMB
    Scholar Valentina Colombo has published a commentary on Tawakkul Karman, who recently received the first Nobel prize awarded to a member of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. According to the article: Once again the West has chosen among the heroes and heroines of the “Arab Spring” the most politicized, and especially the closest, to its short-sighted policies in the Middle East. Unfortunately, as mentioned by al-Mashari Dhaid on the Arab international daily Asharq al-Awsat, we should never forget that the Nobel Prize for Peace is political, and it “is an instrument of soft pressure to fulfill a specific path of peace...
  • Deal fails to put end to violence

    11/26/2011 10:13:37 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    The News ^ | 25 November 2011 | JAMAL AL-JASHIMI
    President Barack Obama welcomed the decision, saying the U.S. would stand by the Yemeni people “as they embark on this historic transition.” Saleh signed the U.S.-backed power-transfer deal; (ending his 33-year rule), brokered by neighboring countries, Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in exchange for immunity from prosecution. If the deal holds, he’ll be the fourth leader to lose power in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings this year, following longtime dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
  • Yemeni vice-president sets snap election date

    11/26/2011 1:17:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Saturday, November 26, 2011 | unattributed
    Yemen will hold a snap presidential election on 21 February 2012, according to a decree signed by the country's Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. The move is part of a transition deal agreed this week which sees President Ali Abdullah Saleh hand power to Mr Hadi in return for immunity from prosecution. Mr Saleh signed the accord on Wednesday after months of delays, despite mounting opposition to his rule. He has ruled the country for 33 years. A crackdown on anti-government protests, as well as clashes with tribes opposed to the government, has left hundreds dead since February. Under the deal,...
  • Nexen Inc. could see end of Yemeni operations

    11/23/2011 7:32:46 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | November 22, 2011 | Dina O'Meara
    A newly minted Yemeni firm has taken over Nexen Inc.’s Masila oil lease in the wartorn country, according to local media, putting an end to the Canadian company’s 20-year involvement in the field. The news Nexen had been replaced by state-owned Masila Company for Petroleum Exploration and Production on the oil block had been anticipated by investors, although the company remained neutral on the subject. “We have yet to receive any official notification that our extension will not be approved,” spokesman Pierre Alvarez said Monday. “We are waiting for final determination which needs to go to the Yemeni cabinet.” The...
  • Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assad’s regime

    11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies
    The Arab League voted to suspend SyriaÂ’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus. The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the LeagueÂ’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks. Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend SyriaÂ’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an...
  • Ewart: Nexen's operations in Yemen under threat

    11/01/2011 8:50:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | November 1, 2011 | Stephen Ewart
    The news Nexen Inc. is having difficulty making any "visible progress" to negotiate an extension to its contract to produce oil in Yemen should hardly come as a surprise given the political turmoil and civil war threatening the country. The chaos that's gripped the desperately poor country situated at the south of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea this year, and most of its history, it is perhaps more surprising Nexen has lasted so long. The current round of violent clashes between the threedecade-old regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and thousands of...
  • Yemen president calls in US ambassador

    10/25/2011 2:50:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/25/11 | GAMAL ABDUL-FATTAH -
    Yemen's president on Tuesday called in the U.S. ambassador and told him he would sign a deal to step down, a U.S. official said. The embattled leader, who has made that pledge several times before, spoke as violence shook his capital. President Ali Abdullah Saleh informed Ambassador Gerald Feierstein of a new cease-fire, but clashes on the streets threw that into doubt. Activists said seven protesters were killed and 10 wounded. It was the first meeting between Saleh and a U.S. ambassador since Saleh returned from Saudi Arabia last month, said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Saleh left Yemen...
  • President Saleh welcomes UN 2014 resolution

    10/24/2011 9:07:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Saba News ^ | Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | AF
    President Ali Abdullah Saleh welcomed Monday the Security Council resolution 2014 on Yemeni crisis issued on October 21. The President said that the resolution that has reaffirmed the Security Council's "support for the Presidential decree of 12 September which is designed to find a political agreement acceptable to all parties, and to ensure a peaceful and democratic transition of power, including the holding of early Presidential elections." The council has also reaffirmed "its view that the signature and implementation as soon as possible of a settlement agreement on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative is essential for an...
  • Napolitano: Obama Should Be Impeached for Awlaki Killing

    10/23/2011 4:29:55 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 22 Oct 2011 06:41 PM | By Martin Gould and Ashley Martella
    President Barack Obama is shredding the U.S. Constitution faster than any of the 42 men who preceded him in office, according to Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of the brand new "It is Dangerous to be Right when the Government is Wrong." It is so bad he should be impeached over the murder of American terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki – and if Congress won’t take that action, he should be indicted once he is out of office. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Napolitano said it doesn’t matter that Awlaki was probably guilty – the fact is...
  • Two-Year Manhunt Led to Awlaki Death (Underwear/parcel bomb maker also killed in strike?)

    09/30/2011 7:15:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/30/11 | Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt and Robert F. Worth.
    Anwar al-Awlaki did not leave much of a trail, frustrating the American and Yemeni intelligence officials pursuing him over the last two years. -snip- United States officials said that Friday’s strike may also have killed Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a Saudi bomb maker responsible for the weapon carried by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber in the jetliner plot. He is also thought to have built the printer-cartridge bombs that, 10 months later, were intended to be put on cargo planes headed to the United States. Neither of those plots were successful.
  • US should forge counter-terrorism ties with India: Huntsman

    10/11/2011 6:58:26 AM PDT · by ravager · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 11 Oct, 2011, 04.00PM IST, PTI
    WASHINGTON:The US should forge closer counter-terrorism ties with India to respond to threats posed by al-Qaeda and other terrorist cells operating from countries like Pakistan and Yemen, a key Republican presidential hopeful has said. Calling for a reassessment of America's relationship with Pakistan, Jon Huntsman, a former ambassador to China under the Obama administration, said "certain realities" with Pakistan had to be recognised. "This is not a relationship based on shared values," he said in a speech at Southern New Hampshire University. "It is transactional at best," former governor of Utah was quoted as saying by the leading Congressional paper,...
  • US missiles kill six in South Waziristan

    10/15/2011 7:45:02 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    Dawn ^ | 15 oct 2011 | staff
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A US missile strike killed at least six suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border Saturday, two Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the third such American missile attack in as many days. The officials said four missiles slammed into a compound near the border town of Angore Adda in the South Waziristan tribal region. The strike was targeting fighters of Maulvi Nazir, a militant commander who is accused of working with the Taliban and al-Qaeda to direct cross-border attacks, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Nazir is believed to have an agreement with...
  • Yemen: US strike kills local al-Qaida media chief

    10/15/2011 8:42:04 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 4 replies
    An American drone strike in southern Yemen has killed seven al-Qaida-linked militants, including the media chief for the group's Yemeni branch, Egyptian-born Ibrahim al-Bana. Tribal elders in the area also said the dead included Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki, the 21-year-old son of Anwar al-Awlaki and four other members of the al-Awlaki clan. The strike was one of five carried out over night by an American drones on suspected al-Qaida positions in Shabwa and the neighboring province of Abyan. The first strike late Friday targeted a house in the Azan district of Shabwa, but hit just after al-Qaida militants had a meeting in...
  • Official: Drone attack kills Al-Awlaki's son in Yemen

    10/15/2011 3:48:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | October 15, 2011 | CNN
    (CNN) -- The son of U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki was among those killed in a trio of drone attacks in southern Yemen on Friday night, a security official said. The attacks, carried out in the Shabwa district, killed seven suspected militants, the defense ministry said. It would not confirm that Abdul Rahman Anwar Awlaki was among them. The senior security official in Shabwa, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said the younger Awlaki had been hiding in the mountains of Shabwa for more than eight months. He had...
  • No evidence Al Awlaki was killed in Yemen

    10/07/2011 7:30:56 AM PDT · by PerryBachmann2012 · 7 replies
    Sana’a — Yemen’s security agencies have no substantial evidence that Al Qaeda leader Anwar al Awlaki was killed in a recent airstrike in the eastern province of Mareb, an official security source said yesterday. “The latest information available to the security agencies is that Al Awlaki was driving in a motorcade of three cars when a US drone targeted them (on September 30),” the source told the Yemeni website Mareb Press on condition of anonymity. He added that one car had been hit, while the other two escaped. “There is no irrefutable information that Al Awlaki was inside the hit...