Yemen

  • Al-Qaeda claims attack near US embassy in Yemen 2 days ago

    Sana'a: The al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for a rocket attack near the US embassy in Sana'a on Saturday evening, in which five Yemeni soldiers were wounded. A rocket hit a vehicle west of the US embassy, wounding five security guards, a security official told Xinhua, adding more...
  • Yemeni PM resigns amid deadly clashes in capital September 21, 2014

    Sana'a: Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa resigned on Sunday amid weeklong deadly clashes between the army and Shia rebels here in the capital, a government official said. Basindawa has informed the president and the Shia Houthi group about his resignation, Xinhua quoted the official as saying on condition of anonymity. President AbdRabbu...
  • Five women terrorists facing trial in Saudi Arabia September 7, 2014

    Riyadh: Five female terrorists, four of them Saudi Arabian nationals, are facing trial in the Gulf nation for organising a terror group and luring people into terrorism, media reported. The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh heard that the unnamed women terror suspects used to get support and guidance from members of...
  • Yemen says 500 al Qaeda militants, 40 soldiers killed in campaign June 5, 2014

    Sanaa: Five hundred al Qaeda militants and 40 soldiers have been killed since the military launched an offensive against the group in April, Yemeni army spokesman, Colonel Saeed alFaquih, told a news conference on Thursday. Yemen's military mounted a campaign in the south of the country to try to crush the...
  • 17 policemen killed in Yemen attack June 5, 2014

    Aden: Suspected Al Qaeda militants early Thursday attacked a military checkpoint in Yemen and killed at least 17 policemen, an official said. "Assailants of the Al Qaeda group raided a checkpoint in Bayhan district of Shabwa province, killing up to 17 policemen at around 5 a.m.," the official told Xinhua. "Three armoured...
  • 12 Indian sailors missing as ship sinks off Yemen coast February 2, 2014

    Aden: A total of 12 Indian sailors have been missing since their cargo ship sank off the coast of Yemen's Hadramout province, authorities said on Saturday. The cargo ship, registered in Hadramout, sank off the coastal City of Shehr, leaving 12 Indian sailors missing, Xinhua quoted Yemen's centre of security media...
  • AlQaeda releases video of American kidnapped in Pakistan December 26, 2013

    AlQaeda has released a video of an American NGO worker kidnapped by it in Pakistan in 2011, in which he is shown asking US President Barack Obama to negotiate with his captors for his release. Warren Weinstein, 72, seen wearing a a grey tracksuit, sounded tired as he said he felt...
  • Election Commissioner VS Sampath signs MoU with Yemen December 24, 2013

    India has offered its expertise to Yemen in election management and electoral roll preparations. An MoU in this regard was signed between the two nations during a visit by India's Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath to Yemen. He is currently on a visit to the country at the invitation of...
  • Two shot dead at 'Gangnam Style' wedding dance in Yemen November 24, 2013

    A Yemeni wedding ended in disaster after a guest firing celebratory shots in the air with his AK47 accidentally killed two men while they were dancing to pop hit "Gangnam Style", according to a police source and a video posted online. The police source said the guest at the wedding in...
  • Nine Indian sailors rescued near Yemeni coast: report September 30, 2013

    Dubai: Nine Indian sailors, who were rescued from an illfated 'dhow' that sank nearly 90 nautical miles southeast of Al Mukalla coast in Yemen, have safely reached Oman, according to a report. Tajudin Baba, a traditional Arabian vessel or 'dhow', carrying cargo to Somalia, capsized between the UAE and Oman last...
  • Death toll reaches 65 in Yemen suicide car blast September 20, 2013

    The death toll in three suicide car bombings that ripped through a key military site and police centre in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa on Friday has risen to at least 65. "At least 65 army and security soldiers died and 38 others were wounded in three simultaneous car bombing attacks...
  • Al-Qaeda terrorists kill 38 soldiers in Yemen attack September 20, 2013

    A Yemeni military official says coordinated attacks by Al-Qaeda terrorists in a southern province have killed at least 38 soldiers and wounded dozens. Maj Raed Mohammed Nasser says the attacks took place at dawn on Friday in Shabwa province. He says the terrorists, taking advantage of heavy fog, surprised the troops in...
  • Yemen PM escapes unhurt after gunmen shoot at motorcade-aide September 1, 2013

    Gunmen opened fire on the motorcade of Yemen's Prime Minister on Saturday, but Salem Basindwa escaped unhurt, an aide said. Ali al-Sarari, an adviser to Basindwa, said the attack happened in the evening in Sanaa while Basindwa was returning home from his office. Sarari said Basindwa's guards identified the licence plates of...
  • Syria will defend itself against any aggression, says Bashar-al Assad August 29, 2013

    Syria's state news agency has quoted President Bashar-al Assad as saying Syria will defend itself against any aggression. Assad's comments on Thursday come at a time of rising expectations of a punitive military strike against Syria by Western powers, in response to suspected poison gas attacks near Damascus last week. The...
  • Al Qaeda attack kills 12 Yemeni air force cadets August 25, 2013

    Al Qaeda affiliates on Sunday launched a bomb attack on a bus near the air force base in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing 12 air force cadets, officials and witnesses said. "A bus carrying 24 air force cadets was blown up on a main road while heading toward the air force...
  • Al-Qaeda plan to 'change face of history' led to US scare: Yemen August 24, 2013

    A vow made in a phone call by the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to carry out an attack that would "change the face of history" lay behind this month's closures of many Western embassies, Yemen's president said. In the first public disclosure by a government leader...
  • Britain, Germany reopen embassies in Yemen August 19, 2013

    Sana'a: Nearly two weeks after closing down their missions in Yemen over security reasons following intercepted communication between suspected terrorist groups, Britain and Germany reopened their embassies in Yemen Sunday, Xinhua reported. The Yemeni government has boosted security presence around western nation's embassies in the capital as precautionary measures since the...
  • US reopens 18 of 19 foreign posts closed amid security concerns August 10, 2013

    Washington: Eighteen of the 19 US embassies and consulates reopened on Saturday as they were closed earlier this month due to worries about potential terrorist attacks, the US State Department said on Friday. "Our embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, will remain closed because of ongoing concerns about a threat stream indicating the...
  • US drone strikes kill eight suspected alQaeda personnel in Yemen August 9, 2013

    US drone strikes killed at least eight suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Thursday, bringing the number of people killed by drones in less than two weeks to at least 25. The strikes follow Yemen's announcement on Wednesday that it had foiled a plot by al Qaeda to seize two...
  • Yemen: US pulls out nonemergency personnel after terror threat August 7, 2013

    United States has pulled out all nonemergency government personnel from Yemen amid fears of a terrorist attack. Britain, too has evacuated its embassy staff from the country. ...
  • Drone strike kills 6 suspected terrorists in Yemen August 7, 2013

    Aden: A US drone killed at least six suspected alQaeda terrorists in southern Yemen on Wednesday, officials said, a day after US and British embassies evacuated some staff because of growing fears of attacks. It was the fifth strike in less than two weeks and follows warnings of potential attacks by...
  • Interpol issues global security alert after prison breaks August 3, 2013

    Paris: Interpol issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its members to increase their vigilance against attacks after a series of prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that the agency is investigating to determine if they were linked. The Lyon, Francebased Interpol said given that al Qaeda was suspected...
  • Britain to close Yemen embassy over terror threat August 3, 2013

    London: The British embassy in Yemen is to shut temporarily as part of a global antiterror alert while several other embassies in the Middle East have been put on vigil. The embassy in Sana'a, already operating with reduced staff, will be closed on Sunday and Monday as "a precautionary measure",...
  • Britain to close embassy in Yemen for two days due to security concerns August 3, 2013

    Britain said on Friday that it will close its embassy in Yemen on August 4 and 5 due to "increased security concerns", after the United States announced a number of its embassies would also shut on Sunday. "We are particularly concerned about the security situation in the final days of Ramzan...
  • Video: Minor girl from Yemen raises pitch against child marriage August 1, 2013

    An 11yearold girl from Yemen raised her pitch against child marriage by uploading a Youtube video that became viral. But now questions have been raised by her family on her accusations. ...
  • Obama must follow Guantanamo promise with action: Yemen June 3, 2013

    Jeddah: Yemen gave a qualified welcome on Sunday to President Barack Obama's promise to lift a ban on repatriating Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, saying he now had to back up his words with actions. Foreign Minister Abubakr alQirbi said his government was building a "rehabilitation center" to house Yemenis who...
  • Syrian civil war: Two years on, over 1 million refugees March 7, 2013

    Syria's civil war is pushing more people than ever to flee the country. Over the past few months, the exodus has accelerated and now the UN is reporting a dramatic milestone. The number of refugees from the conflict has passed the one-million mark. ...
  • Obama calls al Qaeda 'shadow of former self' February 13, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama says al Qaeda is a "shadow of its former self," and does not pose the kind of threat to America that requires tens of thousands of US troops to fight abroad. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the president said US troops...
  • Yemen: Al Qaeda's No 2 succumbs to wounds January 25, 2013

    Sanaa: Al Qaida's No 2 in Yemen died of wounds sustained in a US drone attack in 2012 in southern Yemen, the country's official news agency and a security official said on Thursday. Saeed alShihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the US military...
  • Yemen: 13 al Qaedalinked militants killed January 20, 2013

    Sanaa: More than 10 suspected al Qaeda operatives were killed by an explosion in a house in south Yemen where they were making bombs and at least three others died in a drone strike, tribal and official sources said on Sunday. A bomb ripped through a house in the province...