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Pakistan military offensive against the Taliban continues.
Two possible US drone strikes in Yemen, bringing seven-week pause in reported US attacks to an end.
The seventh successive month without a reported US attack in Somalia.
Pakistan
August 2014 actions
Total CIA strikes in August: 1
Total killed in strikes in August: 5-7
All actions 2004 – August 31 2014
Total Obama strikes: 339
Total U ...

The government has ordered the Shia tribes to get their gunmen out of the capital. Thousands of these gunmen were allowed into the capital over a week ago as the government met with Shia leaders to finally deal with the Shia complaints and the growing aggressiveness of the Shia tribes. The Shia are a third of the population and they are angry. The government has been trying to avoid another civil ...

Catherine Shakdam
As of Sunday evening any hopes of a political truce with the Houthis have been shattered. Returning from the northern province of Sa'ada where he met with Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi – the flamboyant leader of this formerly obscure northern Yemeni Zaidi faction - Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi, the spokesman of the
presidential committee, confirmed that his delegation had failed to broke ...

A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned.
The government’s decision to slash fuel subsidies has set off a wave of discontent, with major p ...

By David S. Cohen
Should governments pay ransoms to terrorists to free hostages? The brutal murder of the journalist James Foley by Islamist State terrorists has brought this debate to the fore. Here, in a talk given two years ago, David S. Cohen, US Under Secretary for Terrorism and Finance Intelligence, puts the argument against paying ransoms. It was delivered long before the rise of Islamic St ...

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that
allowed home-grown jihadists to flourish
By Andrew Gilligan
The Japanese hostage lies pinned to the sandy ground, bleeding from two long, slashing cuts across his face – perhaps carried out with the same knife that one of his jihadist in ...

After six months of fierce fighting north of Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, the strategic city of Amran fell on July 8 to the armed Houthi group and with it a
large army faction. Reactions have come successively, along with predictions of what will follow. This is particularly the case since the event comes amid a
severe political crisis in the capital, interruptions in basic services such as electr ...

By/ Catherine Shakdam
Often dismissed by local political observers as they carry the stigma of the former regime, the Houthis, a Zaidi group organised under the leadership of
Abdel-Malek Al-Houthi with a tribal base in northern Sa'ada, have long shed their "rebel group" label. They have been reborn as a powerful and popular
political movement.
If the Houthis, a formerly obscure band of t ...

By Greg Miller August 18 at 7:03 PM
The Yemeni government paid the families of those killed or injured in a U.S. drone strike last year more than $1 million, according to documents that
provide new details on secret condolence payments seen as evidence that civilians with no ties to al-Qaeda were among the casualties.The documents, which are signed by Yemeni court officials and victims’ rela ...

By Maureen Callahan
In September 2009, Morten Storm, a young Danish national-turned-Islamic jihadist, flew to Yemen to visit an old friend — Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist leading al Qaeda in Yemen.
Awlaki had been released from prison two years prior. He had served an 18-month sentence on ambiguous charges. After his release, Awlaki went underground.
He soon sent Storm ...

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