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Victorious Iran-backed rebels demand control of U.S.-trained Yemen army

Al Houthi  rebel in Sanaa, Yemen. / Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have issued a new demand — control over the Yemeni military. The latest demand was issued as Al Houthi expanded their control over the capital Sanaa as well as provinces in northern […]

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Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The answer is yes. Yemen has now determined that Iran was supporting the Shi’ite rebel movement in its latest […]

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Obama administration expands on its drone war in Yemen

ScanEagle UAV system.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has launched a program to supply tactical unmanned aerial vehicles to the U.S.-trained Yemen Army following the failure of its own covert drone campaign to quell the insurgencies in the troubled Gulf […]

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U.S. embassy in Yemen denies it was targeted by Al Qaida during evacuation

Yemeni soldiers inspect vehicles at a checkpoint in Sanaa.

Special to WorldTribune.com from CAIRO — The U.S. embassy in Yemen has come under rocket fire from Al Qaida. A rocket said to be fired by Al Qaida’s Ansar Al Sharia landed some 200 meters from the U.S. embassy in […]

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Iran-backed militants shut down airport, capital of U.S.-backed Yemen

Rebel leader Abdul Malik Al Houthi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have intensified their drive against the Western-backed government in Yemen. Fighters from the Shi’ite Al Houthi movement have been attacking government buildings in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The rocket attacks have […]

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Iran-backed rebels join Shi’ite protesters in Yemen’s capital city

Shi'ite Houthi protesters block a main road leading to the airport during a protest in Sana'a, Yemen on Sept. 7.   /AP/Hani Mohammed

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Yemen Army are now battling Shi’ite rebels in the capital of the Arab state. Army units have opened fire on the Iran-backed Houthi movement amid its campaign against the Sanaa government. The Shi’ites have […]

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5 Saudis killed after Al Qaida seizes Border Guards’ vehicle near Yemen

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has reported a major attack from its southern border with Yemen. The Saudi Interior Ministry said at least five members of the Border Guards, one of them a senior officer, were killed […]

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Iran-backed Shi’ite rebels break ceasefire, advance toward Yemen’s capital


Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ites continue to advance toward Yemen’s capital. The Iranian-backed Al Houthi movement, despite the latest ceasefires, has directed its forces toward Sanaa. The Shi’ite rebels were said to have advanced to positions 10 kilometers […]

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Attacks by Yemeni tribes force oil firm to suspend operations

Yemeni tribesmen pose a threat to DNO installations.  /Reuters/Scanpix

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Anti-government tribes have disrupted Yemen’s energy sector. A leading European contractor has suspended operations at two crude oil blocks in southern Yemen. Norway’s DNO, which informed the Yemeni Oil Ministry, said it could not operate […]

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Yemen reaches ceasefire with Shi’ites as U.S.-backed fight with Al Qaida heats up

United Nations envoy Jamal Benomar

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Yemen has reached a ceasefire with Shi’ite rebels. A government statement said the Yemen Army and Shi’ite rebels agreed to a ceasefire on June 4 in the northern province of Amran. The statement said the […]

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