Category Archives: Yemen

Al-Qaeda makes ‘alarming’ advances in Yemen, U.N. envoy warns

Yemen, January 2010, 13

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UNITED NATIONS — A reinvigorated al-Qaeda has made “alarming” advances in Yemen, expanding its military control over several southern towns and launching a series of brazen attacks that threaten the U.S.-backed political transition there, a senior U.N. envoy warned the Security Council in a confidential briefing earlier this week.

“The scale of these attacks serves as a stark reminder of the security threat posed by al-Qaeda,” Jamal Benomar, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen, told the 15-nation council Wednesday, according to a copy of the briefing notes obtained by The Washington Post. “Despite all counterterrorism efforts, al-Qaeda in Yemen has not retreated.”

Members of Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, as the group’s Yemen branch is known, have been “intensifying their attacks” against government targets since the election last month of Yemen’s new President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Benomar told the council. Hadi, the former vice president, replaced Ali Abdullah Saleh after 33 years in power in a transition brokered by Arab leaders and supported by the United States.

On inauguration day, Feb. 25, al-Qaeda struck a presidential palace in the provincial capital of Mukalla, killing 26 officers. More recently, Benomar said, al-Qaeda has launched a series of attacks on military bases in the south, killing more than 180 soldiers and capturing heavy weapons. Dozens of soldiers, he added, were reportedly paraded through the town square of Jaar, which has been held by al-Qaeda for several months.

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Air strikes in Yemen kill 45 suspected Qaeda militants

Armed Predator drone firing Hellfire missile

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf

U.S. drone attacks killed at least 25 al Qaeda-linked fighters including one of their leaders while a Yemeni air force raid killed 20 more in the south, sources said on Saturday, in the biggest airstrikes since Yemen’s new president took office.

Militants have expanded their operations in southern Yemen during months of turmoil which paralysed the country and eventually unseated former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was replaced in a February vote by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Local residents in Jaar, a southern town seized by militants in March last year, said Yemen’s air force had killed 20 al Qaeda-linked fighters at a military base, also destroying weapons and military equipment.

Last week, the fighters had seized the base from the government and confiscated weaponry and military equipment.

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138 dead in al-Qaida attack on Yemen army

By AHMED AL-HAJ. The Associated Press

SAN’A, Yemen — Sneaking across the desert behind army lines, al-Qaida militants launched a surprise attack against military bases in south Yemen, killing 106 soldiers and capturing heavy weapons they used to kill more troops, officials said yesterday.

The military officials said at least 32 of the militants were killed in Sunday’s fighting in Abyan province, and scores were wounded on both sides. Medical officials in the area confirmed the death toll figures. They said the poor services in local hospitals accounted for the death of many soldiers who suffered serious wounds but could have survived with better medical care.

The death toll among the troops is believed to be the highest on record in battles fought by the army against al-Qaida militants, who have been emboldened by the political turmoil roiling the impoverished Arab nation for more than a year.

The scale of the attack also points to the combat-readiness of the militants as they launch more attacks in a region that the United States considers a key battleground in the war on al-Qaida.

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Al-Qaida seizes base in Yemen

Al-Qaida militants overran an army base in southern Yemen on Sunday, capturing heavy weapons and turning them on soldiers in intense clashes that left 61 dead, a military official said.

The battle near the town of Zinjibar in the southern province of Abyan killed 36 government troops and 25 of the militants, the military official said. A medical official confirmed the death toll. Scores were wounded on both sides, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Militants seized control of Zinjibar in May, taking advantage of political turmoil linked to the uprising against then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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Pentagon Confirms: US Troops in South Yemeni City of Aden

The old town of Aden, Yemen, situated in the c...

Pentagon officials today confirmed that a “security team” of US forces came under attack from Ansar al-Sharia loyalists in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, but denied any injuries as a result of the attack. Ansar al-Sharia claimed one “CIA officer” killed in the exchange.

The difference in versions from the two sides actually misses the much more serious revelation of the report, that US ground troops are operating inside Yemen at all. There has certainly been no announcement to that effect, and indeed, several times the Obama Administration has “ruled out” sending ground troops to Yemen.

With pro-democracy protesters rallying against the US-backed dictator of Yemen virtually throughout 2011, Ansar al-Sharia seized the province of Abyan, and has made inroads in Aden, the former capital city of South Yemen. The US has repeatedly launched drone strikes against Ansar al-Sharia, claiming they are an “al-Qaeda front.

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Al Qaeda kills at least 26 people in Yemen car bombing hours after new president is sworn in pledging to continue ‘war’ against the terror group

English: Yemen wants Ali Abdullah Saleh OUT

By Damien Gayle

An al Qaeda car bomb killed at least 26 people in a southern Yemeni city hours after the country’s new president vowed to fight the terror network in his inauguration speech.

The blast at a presidential palace in Mukalla, in Hadramout province, came as Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was sworn in as president to replace longtime leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

‘Al Qaeda is responsible for the suicide bombing in Mukalla in retaliation for the Republican Guard’s crimes,’ an al Qaeda source told Reuters.A security official said it was a suicide blast, and that it bore the hallmarks of an operation by the militant group.

He did not provide a death toll, but a health official said at least 25 people were killed in the attack. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.

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US Homeland Security Advisor: Yemen is the only country to transfer power peacefully

US National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and President Barak Obama’s assistant, John Brenan, said Yemen is the only country in the region to transfer power peacefully, and called the Yemenis to take pride in what they have achieved.
Brenan said, in a press conference held on Sunday at the US embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, that “Yemen is at the start of a new era, and that it has proved to be able of moving from the past to the future through the ballot boxes”, (referring to Tuesday’s polls).

He noted that he has delivered a message from US President to Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the only candidate for the upcoming elections, in which Obama indicated that Yemen set an example of the peaceful transfer of power in the Middle East.

“My visit aimed to show the US administration’s commitment towards Yemen,” said Brenan, pointing out that the relationship between the two friendly countries is not based on leaders and followers, rather on Yemen’s stability, security and unity.

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Al-Qaeda leader killed in central Yemen, militants seek revenge

by Abdul-Aziz Oudah & Shuaib M. al-Mosawa

A leader of Al-Qaeda, which recently took over a central Yemeni town, was killed last Thursday by his brother, triggering a fierce battle between the group’s militants and other tribal opponents.

Hizam Al-Dhahab, brother of the militant leader, Tariq Al-Dhahab, warned his brother to evacuate the town of Radaa’, which was seized by hundreds of militants.

They took control of key government offices and were able to free some of the group’s prisoners.

Tribal sources in the town of Radda’ told the Yemen Observer that Hizam Al-Dhahab stormed the mosque, in which the group leader and his armed men were taking shelter, killing his brother and four of his men.

Loyalists of the Al-Qaeda leader then managed to kill Hizam Al-Dhahab who escaped to a nearby house which was bombed by the militants.

Tariq Al-Dhahab, the brother-in-law of Anwar Al-Awlaki who was killed by a U.S. drone in October 2011, seized Radaa’ last January and demanded some of the militant prisoners to be freed before he will leave the area.

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Al-Qaeda leader killed in central Yemen, militants seek revenge

by Abdul-Aziz Oudah & Shuaib M. al-Mosawa

A leader of Al-Qaeda, which recently took over a central Yemeni town, was killed last Thursday by his brother, triggering a fierce battle between the group’s militants and other tribal opponents.

Hizam Al-Dhahab, brother of the militant leader, Tariq Al-Dhahab, warned his brother to evacuate the town of Radaa’, which was seized by hundreds of militants.

They took control of key government offices and were able to free some of the group’s prisoners.

Tribal sources in the town of Radda’ told the Yemen Observer that Hizam Al-Dhahab stormed the mosque, in which the group leader and his armed men were taking shelter, killing his brother and four of his men.

Loyalists of the Al-Qaeda leader then managed to kill Hizam Al-Dhahab who escaped to a nearby house which was bombed by the militants.

Tariq Al-Dhahab, the brother-in-law of Anwar Al-Awlaki who was killed by a U.S. drone in October 2011, seized Radaa’ last January and demanded some of the militant prisoners to be freed before he will leave the area.

read more at   www.yobserver.com