Yemen confirms capture of Iran ship carrying Russian-made missiles

Yemen confirms capture of Iran ship carrying Russian-made missiles

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Yemen has confirmed the interception of an Iranian weapons boat. The Sanaa government said the Coast Guard captured an Iranian vessel that tried to bring missiles and explosives to insurgents in Yemen. A government statement said the ship contained Russian-origin SA-2 and SA-3 surface-to-air missiles concealed by a diesel tank. […]

Yemen seizes large shipment of advanced weapons believed sent from Iran

Yemen seizes large shipment of advanced weapons believed sent from Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Yemen has seized a shipment of surface-to-air missiles believed sent by Iran. Officials said the Yemen Navy captured a ship that contained a large cache of weapons believed to stem from Iran. They said the ship, which was not registered in Iran, was transporting surface-to-air missiles. “Authorities are continuing to […]

U.S.-made pistols smuggled from Turkey to Yemen in cake, cookie boxes

U.S.-made pistols smuggled from Turkey to Yemen in cake, cookie boxes

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has determined that U.S.-origin firearms were smuggled to Yemen. Officials said the Turkish Customs and Trade Ministry investigated a shipment of 3,000 pistols to Yemen last month. They said the ministry determined that the pistols marked a variant of firearms manufactured in the United States. “These were not Turkish-produced […]

U.S. to establish military bases in Yemen

U.S. to establish military bases in Yemen

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The United States was said to planning to build at least three military bases in Yemen. Yemeni sources said the administration of President Barack Obama intends to enhance defense and military cooperation in 2013 with a range of new projects. They said this would include arms deliveries and the construction […]

Al Qaida’s new tactics deliver old message: U.S. out of the Middle East

Al Qaida’s new tactics deliver old message: U.S. out of the Middle East

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Al Qaida’s tactics have clearly changed, but the strategy remains the same — the expulsion of the United States from the Middle East. And last week, it worked. They’re now called Salafists, but thousands of them stormed U.S. embassies in Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen […]

U.S. resumes drone strikes on Al Qaida targets in Yemen

U.S. resumes drone strikes on Al Qaida targets in Yemen

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The United States has resumed its air strike campaign against Al Qaida in Yemen. Officials said the U.S. military and intelligence community has intensified strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles in Yemen. They said U.S.-origin Predator UAVs were attacking suspected Al Qaida targets on a daily basis in southern provinces. “The […]

Obama aiding new president’s restructuring of Yemen military

Obama aiding new president’s restructuring of Yemen military

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Yemen intends to restructure its military and enhance the security of its new president. Officials said President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has ordered a restructuring of the military. The reorganization of the military was expected to be aided by the United States. The administration of President Barack Obama has significantly […]

State Dept. approved six-fold increase in arms exports to Yemen

State Dept. approved six-fold increase in arms exports to Yemen

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has agreed to significantly bolster arms exports to Yemen. The State Department approved a six-fold increase in weapons export licenses to Yemen in fiscal 2011. The department, which reported a record number of overall export licenses, is said to have approved $24.3 million in U.S. arms licenses […]

U.S. Special Forces directing Yemen’s offensive against Al Qaida

U.S. Special Forces directing Yemen’s offensive against Al Qaida

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — U.S. military advisers have been directing the war against Al Qaida in Yemen. Officials said scores of officers from the U.S. Special Operations Command have been deployed with the Yemeni military to identify, track and strike targets of Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. They said American personnel were […]