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Saudi coalition forces Al Qaida out from key Yemen port city

People inspect damage at a site hit by Saudi-led air strikes in the al Qaeda-held port of Mukalla city in southern Yemen April 24.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com About 2,000 Saudi-led coalition troops launched an offensive that drove Al Qaida jihadists from their Yemeni stronghold on April 24. More than 800 Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters were killed and the remainder fled […]

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Al Qaida gaining strength in Afghanistan (and in Yemen)

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Special to WorldTribune.com Al Qaida has a larger presence in Afghanistan than U.S. defense officials had previously thought and its ties to the Taliban make the terror group a “big threat” in the country. Maj. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, Deputy Chief […]

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U.S. intercepts weapons shipment to Yemen rebels ‘assessed’ to have originated in Iran

The weapons shipment to Yemen intercepted by U.S. warships, according to a U.S. Navy statement on April 4.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. Navy has seized a weapons shipment in the Arabian Sea it believes was going from Iran to Yemen. The navy said on April 4 that the warships USS Sirocco […]

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Airstrikes reportedly hit Al Qaida camp in Yemen

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Special to WorldTribune.com Warplanes struck an Al Qaida camp in southern Yemen on April 3, a local official said. The official said four air strikes targeted Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) near the port city of Mukalla on […]

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Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

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Special to WorldTribune.com A World Food Program (WFP) ship carrying humanitarian aid docked in Yemen on March 2 nearly a month after being diverted to Saudi Arabia. Saudi said it blocked the shipment on Feb. 11 because the vessel, the […]

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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

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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

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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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