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Drone strike in Yemen kills Al Qaida commander who reportedly defected to ISIL

Jalal Baleedi

Special to WorldTribune.com An Al Qaida commander who is said to have defected to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. Jalal Baleedi, who had previously run Al Qaida in the […]

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Saudis report 375 civilians have been killed near Yemen border

Saudi Patriot missiles, first used in the Gulf war, have been guarding the border with Yemen.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies have fired some 40,000 projectiles from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, killing at least 375 civilians, Saudi officials said on Feb. 1. On Feb. 1 alone, nearly 130 mortars and 15 missiles […]

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Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed hours after preaching against ISIL, Al Qaida

Map of Yemen

Special to WorldTribune.com Yemen’s top Salafi cleric was kidnapped and killed hours after delivering a sermon railing against Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The body of Samahan Abdel-Aziz, also known as Sheikh Rawi, was found […]

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Gunmen shut Yemen university faculties for mixing of sexes

University of Aden

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamist gunmen opposed to the mixing of sexes on campus dragged students out of Yemen’s University of Aden on Dec. 29 and shut down three faculties. Students said the Islamists shouted: “No mixing. We have warned you […]

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Saudis intercept Houthi missile fired from Yemen

Patriot missile batteries in the Saudi desert.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Patriot missile batteries on Dec. 21 intercepted a missile fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The Saudi-led coalition said its air defenses stopped the missile from reaching the kingdom’s southern Jazan district. “Air forces immediately […]

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Missile strike by Iran-backed Houthis hits Saudi coalition command center


Special to WorldTribune.com A Saudi special forces commander and his UAE counterpart were among the dead in the attack which targeted coalition forces near the southwestern city of Taiz. A Saudi-led coalition command center in Yemen was hit by a […]

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Arabs aren’t fighting ISIL and here’s why

Emirati pilots at an air base in Jordan.

Special to WorldTribune.com Arab states are mostly “laying low” in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) for a few main reasons, analysts say. While several states are part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels […]

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Arab coalition prepares for tough ground war in Yemen

UAE soldiers unload a military plane military plane at the airport of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com A Saudi-led coalition force of 4,000 troops is preparing for what is expected to be a grueling ground war against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. UAE Brig. Gen. Nasser Mushabab Al Otaibi is leading the combined land […]

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Dozens, including foreign mercenaries, killed in battle for key Yemen bases

Troops loyal to the Yemeni government in the city of Taiz.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Mercenaries from the U.S. contractor formerly known as Blackwater were among the dozens killed in fierce fighting near the Yemeni city of Taiz. Killed in battle were an Australian mercenary and six Colombians hired by the UAE […]

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ISIL claims responsibility for assassination of Yemeni official

Jaafar Mohammed Saad, left, was was known to be close to Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, right.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a car bombing that killed the governor of the Yemeni city of Aden and six bodyguards. Jaafar Saad’s convoy was at the branch of the Ministry […]

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