Yemen

SEALs led raid to find U.S. hostage in Yemen

An American journalist held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen was one of the key targets of a pre-dawn raid by U.S. Special Operations troops and Yemeni forces Tuesday, the New York Timesreported. When the rescuers raided the militants’ shelter in a mountainside cave, they found six Yemeni hostages, a Saudi and an Ethiopian who were also held, but not ...

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Shiite militiamen seize Yemen state offices

Shiite Huthi militiamen have stormed government installations in the Yemeni capital, tightening their grip on power in the city they overran in September, witnesses said Wednesday. Gunmen from the Ansarullah movement occupied the headquarters of the state-owned Safer oil and gas company and barred employees from entering the premises, company sources said. The movement appointed a new chief for Safer, ...

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al-Qaeda in Yemen threats of more assaults

Yemen’s al-Qaida branch on Wednesday confirmed it carried out last week’s deadly assault on a French satirical newspaper to avenge cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, as it called for unity among jihadi ranks and vowed more attacks on the West. In an 11-minute video posted on the group’s Twitter account, Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian ...

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Yemen president, Houthis agree deal to end crisis

Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi and the country’s powerful Shiite militia agreed Wednesday to end a deadly confrontation that had raised fears the impoverished but strategic country might descend into chaos. The Houthis seized almost full control of the capital Sanaa in September and have fought pitched battles with government forces this week as they continued to press for ...

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The US embassy in Yemen closed regular services amid political turmoil

The United States said on Monday it was closing its embassy in Yemen to the public for regular consular services amid political turmoil after the government resigned under pressure from Houthi rebels. While the U.S. embassy in Sana’a will not offer routine consular services until further notice, the State Department said the embassy itself remained open in Yemen, where the ...

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Yemen Shiite militia holds widely boycotted meeting on crisis

Yemen’s Shiite militia and ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party held a meeting boycotted by other parties Friday to discuss ending the country’s political crisis, as protests hit several cities, including the capital. The militia, which overran Sanaa in September, seized the presidential palace and key government buildings last week, plunging the country deeper into crisis and prompting President Abedrabbo Mansour ...

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Most Yemeni parties agree presidential council

Most Yemeni factions have agreed to set up an interim presidential council to manage the country for up to one year, negotiators said Thursday, in a step to ease a power struggle that forced the president to step down two weeks ago. The dominant Houthi movement had set a Wednesday deadline for political factions to agree a way out of ...

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Iran’s first flight had landed in Yemen with a cargo of humanitarian aid

Iran said on Sunday that its first flight had landed in the Yemeni capital only a day after the two countries signed a landmark aviation deal. Iran’s news agency reported that a plane from Iranian airliner Mahan Air had taken a cargo of humanitarian aid – mostly medicine – for Yemen.  The cargo was contributed by the Red Crescent of ...

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