Yemen Articles


A New Force in Yemen?

10:39 AM, May 04, 2015

Zaid Al-Alayaa and Nabih Bulos of the Los Angeles Times reports that:

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Empowering Iran

May 04, 2015

Last week, the Obama administration urged Saudi Arabia to halt its air campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who have wrested control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. The White House’s professed concern was that Riyadh’s Operation Decisive Storm was killing too many civilians. Unfortunately, that’s hardly surprising since Iranian proxies, like Hezbollah and Hamas, typically stash their missiles and rockets in civilian areas. Presumably, the Houthis have read from the same playbook.

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Podcast: Obama Won't Let Weapons to Yemen Stop His Deal With Iran

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:45 PM, Apr 22, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the situation with Yemen and how it plays into the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

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In Harm’s Way?

11:51 AM, Apr 21, 2015

Meghann Myers of Navy Times reports that:

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If This Is What Success Looks Like, Just Imagine Failure

2:32 PM, Apr 17, 2015

The Obama administration once pointed to Yemen as the proof that the application of what it calls “smart power” works.

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The Gulf States Grapple With the Turmoil in the Middle East

10:17 AM, Apr 15, 2015

Kuwait City
Here in Kuwait, as in the rest of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, there is a sense that the Middle East is changing. In the Gulf media, there seems to be a consensus in support of Operation Decisive Storm, the Saudi-led military campaign launched to beat Houthi insurgents and reinstall Yemen's government under President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi. Almost everyone wants to see Iran and its allies, like the Houthis, cut to size, and almost everyone is excited to see Arab governments flex their military muscles. Even those who are questioning the campaign couch the debate not in terms of regional political doctrines like Arab nationalism or Islamism, but rather in terms of national sovereignty and constitutionality.

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Iranian Warships Near Yemen

10:35 AM, Apr 08, 2015

The situation in Yemen grows more dangerous, with the latest escalation coming from Iran which, as the Jerusalem Post reports:

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MIA: Guns and Money

7:43 AM, Mar 25, 2015

As Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post is reporting, after a hasty departure from Yemen:

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Out of Yemen

4:10 PM, Jan 26, 2015

The Hill is reporting that:

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House Homeland Security Chair: 'We'll See More and More' of Paris Style Attacks

12:34 PM, Jan 11, 2015

House Homeland Security Committee chair Mike McCaul said on CBS that he expects to "see more and more" of the Paris style attacks take place around the world:

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Obama: 'The World Must Never Cease in Seeking to Defeat [Al Qaeda's] Evil Ideology'

President on death of Luke Somers, held hostage by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
7:36 AM, Dec 06, 2014

President Obama issued this statement after the death of photojournalist Luke Somers, who was held hostage in Yemen by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was killed in a rescue attempt.

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The Yemen Model

1:16 PM, Oct 16, 2014

There is no one war and the struggle does not respect borders.  The AP is reporting that:

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'Counterterrorism, Not Counterinsurgency'

8:41 AM, Sep 12, 2014

Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, writing about the Yemen and Somalia models for destroying ISIS:

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Don't Replicate the Failure of Yemen

11:02 PM, Sep 10, 2014

In an address Wednesday night to the nation, President Obama held up America’s strategy in Yemen as a model for the counterterrorism strategy he intends to pursue in Iraq and Syria. By doing so, he committed to a strategy of targeting terrorists from the air and supporting local security forces in their counterterrorism fight.

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Obama on Yemen & Somalia: 'Pose an Unusual and Extraordinary Threat'

7:36 PM, Sep 10, 2014

In talking about defeating ISIS, President Obama will cite the examples of Yemen and Somalia as models of success.

"This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years,” Obama will say, according to an except released in advance of tonight's address to the nation.

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‘Core’ Al Qaeda Gathering in Yemen

10:42 AM, Apr 16, 2014

A video of a large al Qaeda gathering in Yemen has raised eyebrows in the press. Nasir al Wuhayshi, the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as well as general manager of al Qaeda’s global network, can be heard saying to a crowd of more than 100: "We must eliminate the cross. ... The bearer of the cross is America!"

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'Core' Al Qaeda Closes U.S. Diplomatic Facilities

7:20 AM, Aug 03, 2013

On Friday, the State Department announced that 21 diplomatic facilities (now updated to 22), from North Africa through the Middle East and into South Asia, are to be closed this weekend in response to an al Qaeda threat.

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Al Qaeda Tried to Hide Hand in Syria

12:00 AM, Dec 14, 2012

Earlier this week, the State Department designated the al Nusrah Front in Syria as an “alias” for al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). The head of AQI, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi al Husseini al Qurshi (a.k.a. Abu Du'a), “is in control of both AQI and al Nusrah.” The designation says a lot about our knowledge, or lack thereof, of al Qaeda’s clandestine international network.

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Obama Defiantly Declares 'Al Qaeda Is on Its Heels,' Even After Successful Terrorist Attacks

7:30 AM, Oct 09, 2012

Last night, President Obama defiantly declared that "al Qaeda is on its heels." The president made this claim at a fundraiser at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

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Al Qaeda Responsible for 4 Attacks on U.S. Embassies in September

7:46 AM, Oct 03, 2012

On and around September 11, 2012, al Qaeda attacked multiple American assets around the world. The attack that has received the most attention is the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But the U.S. consulate in Libya was not the only diplomatic facility assaulted by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in September. Terrorists with ties to al Qaeda’s senior leaders, including al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, were involved in at least three other U.S. embassy sieges in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and possibly elsewhere.

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Awlaki's Law

4:54 PM, Oct 10, 2011

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a martyrdom statement for Anwar al Awlaki, the al Qaeda cleric who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month. AQAP claims – like many critics of the strike – that slaying Awlaki violated American law because the U.S. government “did not prove any crime” and “never presented any proof against” Awlaki and Samir Khan, who was also killed in the strike. The argument goes that, as Americans, Awlaki and Khan were deprived of their right to due process.

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U.S. Reportedly Strikes Terrorist in Yemen

2:31 PM, Jul 15, 2011

There’s a report of a U.S. airstrike in Yemen’s restive southern governorate of Abyan that seems to have targeted Fahd al Quso, a Yemeni al Qaeda operative on the FBI’s most wanted list.

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Yemen's President Leaves

10:19 AM, Jun 05, 2011

Bloomberg reports that "Yemeni protesters fought to take advantage of their government’s sudden flight abroad, with hundreds of thousands cheering the departure of wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh even as government spokesmen said he would soon return."

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Yemen Slides Toward Civil War

11:25 AM, Jun 03, 2011

Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh survived a rocket attack on the presidential palace in Sana’a today, and he is reportedly planning to address the country sometime soon. This latest episode is more evidence that the country where the most active al Qaeda franchise has found sanctuary is sliding toward civil war.

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Yemen Update

2:38 PM, May 27, 2011

Katherine Zimmerman, of the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats program, offers an update of what's going on in Yemen. "Heavy fighting between government forces and tribesmen outside of Yemen’s capital has broadened the conflict," Zimmerman finds. "Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has gained operating space as Yemeni security forces have pulled out of al Qaeda strongholds to protect the regime’s interests."

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'Crisis in Yemen, the Rise of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and U.S. National Security'

4:49 PM, May 16, 2011

AEI's Critical Threats team will be hosting an important conference on Yemen tomorrow, titled, "Crisis in Yemen, the Rise of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and US National Security." Here are the event details:

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