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By Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank
The latest "Worldwide Caution" issued by the U.S. State Department last week made for grim reading, telling of "an increased likelihood of reprisal attacks against U.S., Western and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia."
Much of the bulletin dwelled on the threat from t ...

Last week, Fathi Bin Lazraq, a 54-year-old newspaper editor from Yemen’s port city of Aden, received an email from Al-Qaeda.
Addressed to Lazraq and 300 other Yemeni journalists, the email included a statement announcing the formation of a new Islamic organization in Yemen: “Supporters of the Islamic State in the Arabian Peninsula.”
The statement was not signed by al-Qaeda’ ...

The UN refugee agency reported there has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths at sea in 2014 than in the last three years combined.
One of the recent tragic incidents took place on 2 October when 64 migrants and three crew died when their vessel, sailing from Som ...

By Thomas Wyke
Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has reported just 4% of US drone strikes in Pakistan have killed people identified as members of al-Qaeda.
Research by the London-based bureau found that only 111 out of the total 2,379 drone victims killed in Pakistan since 2004 killed "a senior commander of any armed group". Just 84 victims were identified as al-Qaeda mi ...

The Peace and Partnership Agreement — which is the second agreement signed by the disputing Yemeni parties since 2011 — is threatening to fail yet again. Meanwhile, there is no distinction anymore between the young politicians and the old elites, especially regarding the lack of reliability in respecting agreements and the inability to ensure a minimum consensus that circumvents the co ...

Yemen's 2011 Arab Spring revolt began with a nucleus of young men and women, a mix of socialists, secularists and moderate Islamists. In the capital's "Change Square," they launched their sit-in protest, a dreamy and romantic movement seeking to end autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule and transform the poorest Arab nation into a democratic, modern society.
Nearly four years later, ...

The Yemeni political class consists of conflicting elites, each constituting a miniature state within the state and possessing its own army or militia, media outlets, financial and educational institutions, and its own “capital.”
The city of Amran — from 1963 until its fall in July 2014 at the hands of Ansar Allah (Houthi groups) — was the capital of the elders of the Hashi ...

Days of heavy fighting, which left at least 500 people dead in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, came to an end on September 21, 2014, with resignation of the prime minister and a tentative new peace deal. Hundreds of families were displaced and dozens of houses were destroyed or damaged during the clashes. Yemen’s capital Sanaa is now under the complete control of Shia Houthi rebels.
Abdul Malik ...

For several days, Um Ibrahim's walls shook as she tried to keep her two children calm. Her 18-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter are both physically and mentally handicapped, unable to walk on their own, so she had little choice but to stay put in her one-bedroom shelter in the Hasaba neighbourhood as areas of the Yemeni capital Sana'a were rocked by clashes.
"We hid in the kitchen. Neighb ...

With al-Qaeda launching fresh attacks and the Houthis refusing to back down, tensions are rising in Yemen
Ahmed Sharabi, a 24-year-old Yemeni journalist, was having lunch across the road from al-Jafra hospital in Mareb, a province east of Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Sunday afternoon, when a car laden with explosives pulled up in front of the infirmary and exploded, sending debris flying ...

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