Blog archive: Yemen

  • 10th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The NewsYemen website, which was 
  • 4th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Separatist demonstrators took to the streets of several cities in southern Yemen yesterday – protesting at the 
  • 1st December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Troops were out in force in southern Yemen yesterday to prevent separatist demonstrations timed to coincide with Independence Day – the anniversary of the British withdrawalfrom Aden in 1967. The 
  • 29th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen dragged Saudi Arabia into its conflict with the Houthi rebels after realising it would not be able to defeat them militarily on its own, former vice-president Ali Salim al-Beidh claims in an interview published by Gulf News today. Al-Beidh, who has been in exile since leading the...
  • 26th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At least four people – and possibly as many as seven – died yesterday in clashes between southern separatists and security forces in southern Yemen. Two of the dead were said to be soldiers. Shooting broke out at a rally in Ataq (Shabwa province) which was reportedly attended by about 1,000...
  • 25th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Center for a New American Security – a thinktank with links to the Obama administration – has published a paper on US policy towards Yemen. It is concerned, of course, with American interests rather than the interests of Yemenis and it says: “The consequences of instability in Yemen...
  • 23rd November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Al-Jazeera is reporting that Saudi ground forces have entered Yemen in what seems to be a large-scale offensive. A statement from the Houthi rebels said: "The Saudis began an attack along many fronts on the Yemeni border ... The Saudi army has been using all kind of weapons; land, air...
  • 23rd November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Just days after King Abdullah "confirmed" that "all armed infiltrators" had been driven out of the kingdom, Saudi forces have suffered their heaviest casualties since entering the war against Yemen's Houthi rebels. Three soldiers were killed and an unspecified number wounded in an...
  • 12th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Suddenly, just about everyone (at least among the Sunni elements in the Middle East) is lining up to support Yemen and Saudi Arabia in their war with the Houthi rebels – even al-Qaeda.  “We have a war of rhetoric and a lot of people with vested interest want to make this into a proxy fight...
  • 11th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen’s Houthi rebels drew up a plan two years ago to establish a Shia state embracing parts of northern Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia, according to one of the movement’s former leaders quoted in the Yemen Post. The state would include all of Saada province together with large areas...
  • 10th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia has now admitted what the Houthi rebels have long claimed and the Yemeni government has long denied: it is engaged in cross-border military action in Yemen. The admission, which was possibly accidental, came when Prince Khaled bin Sultan, the deputy defence minister, visited troops...
  • 10th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's Houthi rebels have released a video purporting to show a captured Saudi soldier, one of several they claim to be holding after last week's fighting. "The rebels identified the man, who is seen receiving medical attention in the video, as Ahmed Abdullah Mohammed al-Amri," al-Jazeera ...

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