Blog archive: Yemen

  • 18th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As many as eight soldiers are reported killed in two separate incidents in southern Yemen. Arriving on three motorbikes and in two minibuses, a group of armed men attacked a military checkpoint in the Shahara area of Zinjibar (Abyan province) around 4.30am on Friday with machineguns, grenades...
  • 13th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A total of seven Yemeni soldiers, including an army major, weretaken hostage by southern separatists in two incidents on Saturday and Sunday. The kidnappers are apparently seeking to pressurise the authorities after a 25-year-old man, Fares Adbullah Saleh, was sentenced to death...
  • 6th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Fifty Yemeni members of parliament have signed a petition calling on Rashad al Alimi, the deputy prime minister for defence and security, to explain himself after apparently lying to parliament about American airstrikes in Yemen that killed dozens of civilians. According to a Wikileaks...
  • 4th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A batch of US embassy cables relating to Yemen emerged yesterday, courtesy of Wikileaks. I have linked them below, in chronological order. The New York Times has a commentary on them here, as does the Guardian (here and here). The content isn't earth-shattering but it does provide...
  • 29th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One of the new Wikileaks documents records a 90-minute meetingon January 4 this year between David Petraeus, commander of Centcom, and the Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Salih.  Some interesting points: 1. Salih repeatedly asked for 12 armed helicopters ("a topic that he would...
  • 27th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Just two days after a car bomb killed 17 or more Houthi supporters during a Shia religious festival in Yemen, a second car bomb attacked mourners attending a Houthi funeral yesterday. Reports of casualties vary wildly, from two including the suicide bomber (AFP) to 40 or more (...
  • 25th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An explosion said to be from a car bomb killed at least 17 people in the far north of Yemen on Wednesday, according to numerousreports. The bomb targeted a procession of Houthi supporters celebrating the Eid al-Ghadir holiday (a Shia festival) in the Zaher district of al-Jawf province...
  • 24th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The popular Egyptian preacher and televangelist, Amr Khaled, has arrived in Yemen for a government-sponsored "hearts and minds" campaign against al-Qaeda.  This could be an important development if, as the Yemen Observer  suggests, it marks the start of a concerted effort to...
  • 23rd November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Wall Street Journal reported the other day that US special operations teams in Yemen are training counter-terrorism units created by President Salih and "commanded by his sons and nephews".  I do hope the Obama administration understands what it's getting into here, because...
  • 20th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As I mentioned last Sunday, there's a debate going on in the Obama administration about the use of drones in Yemen for strikes against suspected militants (as opposed to just using them for surveillance). It's a hugely important debate, with implications for other parts of the world too...
  • 19th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    According to a Yemeni politician, the recent parcel bombs affair was part of "a suspicious plan for harming Yemen's sovereignty and its independence in preparation for imposing foreign agendas". The remarks – from Salah al-Saiadi, secretary of the Yemeni Popular Democratic party (...
  • 15th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
         Six months after 28-year-old Khaled Said died while being arrested in Alexandria, there are claims of another death at the hands of officers from the same police station. The family of 19-year-old Ahmed Shaaban say he was arrested along...

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