Category Archives: Yemen

Yemen: The devastating war waged with European weapons

A video that al-Qaida published online in January 2016 was supposed to show off the group’s strength in Yemen. After all, the terrorist organization has systematically capitalized on the chaos of the civil war to firmly entrench itself on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. But the video also demonstrated just how well-armed the fighters are. They were seen brandishing various German-designed weapons — among them the G3 battle rifle, G36 assault rifle, MG3 machine gun and MG4 light machine gun — which are being produced under German arms producer Heckler & Koch’s license in Saudi Arabia.


Al Qaeda bomb maker killed in Yemen drone strike last year, US official confirms

A top Al Qaeda bomb maker who masterminded a plot to bring down an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year, a senior U.S. official told Fox News Monday.

The Associated Press previously reported that Ibrahim al-Asiri was dead, citing a tribal leader and an Al Qaeda-linked source who said that he was killed in the governate of Marib in eastern Yemen.


Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike on bus kills 29 children

At least 29 children have been killed and 30 wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada.

The health ministry run by the rebel Houthi movement put the death toll at 43, and said 61 people were wounded.

The coalition, which is backing Yemen’s government in a war with the Houthis, said its actions were “legitimate”.


Yemen war: Saudi-backed forces begin threatened attack on key port of Hodeidah

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition have launched an assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Coalition planes and warships were carrying out strikes on Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by Yemeni troops gatherd south of the Red Sea port, the internationally recognised Yemeni government in exile said in a statement.

The “Golden Victory” operation began after the passing of a deadline set by the United Arab Emirates for the Houthis, who hold the capital Sanaa, to quit the sole port under their control.


Iran Targets the Gulf

More than 7,000 miles from Washington and far from America’s headlines, a war in Yemen is rewriting America’s strategy against Iran and terrorism.

The three-sided civil war pits two radical Islamist forces — Al-Qaeda’s largest surviving army and Iran’s biggest proxy force — against each other and six of America’s Arab allies. U.S. Special forces carry out covert raids and CIA drones rain down missiles on terror leaders.

The outcome of the Yemen war matters: U.S. forces are fighting there and a new strategy against terrorism is now being tested in the Middle East’s poorest nation.


Army Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis Combat Threat From Yemen Rebels

WASHINGTON — For years, the American military has sought to distance itself from a brutal civil war in Yemen, where Saudi-led forces are battling rebels who pose no direct threat to the United States.

But late last year, a team of about a dozen Green Berets arrived on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, in a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.

With virtually no public discussion or debate, the Army commandos are helping locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels in Yemen are using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.


Yemen’s government ‘prepares to flee’ as UAE-backed separatists seize control in Aden

Yemen’s government is reportedly preparing to flee the country after fighters from a separatist group backed by the UAE seized control in the city of Aden and surrounded the presidential palace.

The internationally recognised government of Yemen has been fighting for nearly three years to regain control of the country after losing the capital Sanaa and much of the north to the Houthi rebels.

But tensions have been growing in recent months between the government, supported by Saudi Arabia, and a southern faction backed by the UAE, who want to form their own country in the south.


Paedophile killer executed in Yemeni public square

A Yemeni man has been executed in a public square for the rape and murder of a four-year-old girl in the country’s rebel-controlled capital Sanaa.

Hussein al-Saket, 22, was shot five times before his body was strung from a crane in front of a large crowd in Sanaa.

This is the second such public execution in less than a month, seen as a display of power by the Shiite rebel group that has been in control of the city since the 2014 military coup


Al Qaeda contest in Yemen offers guns, cash prizes in honor of Ramadan

As Yemen continues to battle civil war and stave off famine, militants with the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) branch Ansar Al Sharia are seizing upon the latest unrest to attract people to jihad.

This week jihadis launched a contest in the city of Taiz offering prizes, including an automatic rifle, a pistol and other incentives to entrants who listen to a series of audio lectures on jihad, study accompanying text and then write a 30-page review of the syllabus.

Flyers, handed out by gun-toting militants, state that the contest entitled, “Our Message,” was launched in honor of the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan with entries due on the middle on the 15th of Ramadan.

A total of 10 prizes have been promised, including a brand new AK-47 automatic rifle for the winner and a motorcycle for the runner-up. The various other prizes include a pistol, a laptop and a cellphone, as well as cash prizes.


Priest Kidnapped by Jihadists Appeals to Pope Francis for Help

Salesian priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted when four armed terrorists believed to be from the Islamic State stormed a Catholic retirement home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Aden last March. The militants slaughtering sixteen people, including four nuns.


At least 40 dead in Yemen suicide bombing

At least 40 soldiers were killed in Yemen on Sunday after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the country’s second-largest city of Aden. Dozens more were injured at the gathering near Solban army base in northeastern Aden, military officials and medics said.

The base was already targeted by a suicide bomber just last week in an attack that killed 48 soldiers and wounded 29. That attack was claimed by a Yemeni affiliate of the “Islamic State” (IS) extremist group.


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Iraq oasis town hit by deadly suicide attack

Five attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, southwest of Baghdad, local officials said Monday.

“They were carrying Kalashnikovs, hand grenades. One of them blew himself up and the others were killed by the security forces,” the head of the central Euphrates operations command, Qais Khalaf, said.

’60 dead’ after suicide bomb attack in Yemen

At least 60 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on an army training camp in Yemen’s second city of Aden on Monday, security officials said in a new toll.

ISIS claim responsibility for deadly terror explosion in Yemen army compound


Yemen: Aden army base hit by double car bomb attack

At least six Yemeni soldiers have been killed and dozens wounded in a double car bomb attack at a military base in the southern city of Aden.

The attackers detonated a car bomb near the entrance of the army base in the Khormaksar district adjoining Aden international airport, military sources said on Wednesday.

The first explosion allowed the second vehicle to drive inside where it also blew up.

The explosions were followed by gun battles between troops and about two dozen attackers, witnesses said. The base was sealed off by government forces sent as reinforcements.