Blog archive: Yemen

  • 4th January 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For the first time in several months there are renewed hints of a possible ceasefire in northern Yemen's Houthi conflict. President Ali Abdullah Salih has set out a revised list of six conditions: 1. A full ceasefire, the re-establishment of safe passage on roads, and the surrender...
  • 4th January 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Concerned about the "regional and global threat" from terrorists in Yemen, Gordon Brown is to host an emergency summit in London later this month. Yemen, at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula, is a country that tends to be off the radar except when something untoward happens affecting...
  • 2nd January 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The British prime minister's decision to call an international summit on Yemen is widely reported this morning. It appears to have support from the US and the EU, and there are suggestions that Saudia Arabia and other Gulf states may get involved. The talks will be held in London on 28...
  • 27th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It seems increasingly likely that Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the northern rebels in Yemen, is dead. He was reportedly injured in an airstrike on December 17 and is said to have died later from his wounds. According to the latest reports, he was secretly buried on Saturday in al-...
  • 25th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Once again, there are conflicting reports about the latestairstrike in Yemen directed against al-Qaeda. Yemeni officials say at least 30 suspected militants were killed when they gathered for a meeting at Rafadh in Shabwa province yesterday. The Yemen Observer says the strike...
  • 23rd December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After more than six weeks of fighting on its southern border, Saudi Arabia announced yesterday that it will suspend major operations against the Yemen-based Houthi rebels within the next few days. "We are left with only a few infiltration attempts and sniper attacks, but the Saudi...
  • 22nd December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A record number of people fleeing conflict, poverty and drought in the Horn of Africa have risked their lives crossing the Red Sea into Yemen this year. The total of more than 74,000 is a 50% increase on last year, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. “The mixed...
  • 21st December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's parliament yesterday urged the government "to enhance the accuracy of its targets and avoid any error" when carrying out operations against "terrorists, insurgents and outlaw elements", the official news agency says. The defence minister and the deputy prime minister responsible for...
  • 19th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last Thursday the Yemeni government congratulated itself on a  series of raids which reportedly killed 34 al-Qaida terrorists and led to the arrests of 17 more. The raids were said to have foiled a series of suicide attacks. President Obama even phoned President Salih and ...
  • 16th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Human Rights Watch yesterday issued a report on abuses by security forces in connection with the protest demonstrations in southern Yemen. It also details harassment of journalists attempting to cover the protests. Here is part of the report's summary: The security forces, and...
  • 15th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Ali Abdullah Salih of Yemen has now set a date for the start of a "national dialogue" on "all the issues that concern the homeland". It is to begin on December 26 and will be held under the auspices of the Shura Council – the presidentailly-appointed upper house of parliament. In a...
  • 14th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I haven't written about the Yemeni-Saudi-Houthi war for a while, mainly because it's so difficult to work out what is really going on. The Saudis, who became heavily involved early last month, continue to claim success after success against the rebels, though as the Washington Institute ...

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