White House says Saudis agree on need for Syria, Yemen safe zones

White House says Saudis agree on need for Syria, Yemen safe zones

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The White House says President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen in an hour-long phone call. During his campaign, Trump had repeatedly called for Gulf states to pay for establishing safe zones to protect Syrian refugees. […]

Yemeni sniper makes $8 a day ‘shooting Houthis with my own Kalashnikov’

Yemeni sniper makes $8 a day ‘shooting Houthis with my own Kalashnikov’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 26, 2017 In the region that includes Taiz, Yemen, most families own a Kalashnikov rifle, but they are used primarily to fire off during celebrations such as weddings. When the Yemeni conflict spilled into the region in 2015, a Taiz shopkeeper named “Ahmed” took his Kalashnikov, and a pair of binoculars […]

ISIL bomb kills at least 49 Yemeni soldiers who had lined up to get paychecks

ISIL bomb kills at least 49 Yemeni soldiers who had lined up to get paychecks

by WorldTribune Staff, December 19, 2016 At least 49 Yemeni army conscripts were killed in an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) bombing on Dec. 18 in the port city of Aden. Officials said the soldiers were in a line to collect their paychecks near a military base in the Khor Maksar district when […]

President Obama uses ‘fog of elections’ to re-engage U.S. forces in Middle East before leaving office

President Obama uses ‘fog of elections’ to re-engage U.S. forces in Middle East before leaving office

Special to WorldTribune.com By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Significant, and largely-unnoticed, changes, with long-term consequences, were being made in U.S. military commitments in the Middle East as the U.S. political system was preoccupied with the Nov. 8, election process. Outgoing President Barack Obama had initiated processes to attempt to commit the U.S. to comprehensive military […]

Report: U.S. cash to Iran may have funded Houthi attack on American Navy

Report: U.S. cash to Iran may have funded Houthi attack on American Navy

by WorldTribune Staff, October 13, 2016 Iran likely used a portion of the Obama administration’s $1.7 billion cash payment to arm Houthi rebels in Yemen who recently fired missiles at a U.S. Navy vessel in the Red Sea, a report said. Members of Congress are investigating how American taxpayer funds are being used by Iran […]

In first, U.S. warship forced to defend against 2 missiles fired by Iran-backed Houthis

In first, U.S. warship forced to defend against 2 missiles fired by Iran-backed Houthis

by WorldTribune Staff, October 12, 2016 A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired three missiles to intercept an incoming cruise missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to a report. One of the missiles fired by the USS Mason during the Oct. 9 incident was used for the first time in a combat situation. […]

Houthi missiles from Yemen targeted U.S. destroyer

Houthi missiles from Yemen targeted U.S. destroyer

by WorldTribune Staff, October 10, 2016 Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired two missiles at a U.S. Navy vessel off Yemen’s southern coast on Oct. 9. The attempted strike on the guided missile destroyer USS Mason, which was first reported by Reuters, came just a week after a United Arab Emirates vessel came under attack from Houthis. […]

U.S. strikes kill Al Qaida militants as Yemen oil refinery resumes operations

U.S. strikes kill Al Qaida militants as Yemen oil refinery resumes operations

by WorldTribune Staff, September 7, 2016 Three American counterterror strikes over a two week period killed 13 Al Qaida jihadists in Yemen, the U.S. military said on Sept. 6. The strikes, carried out from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, targeted Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operatives in central Yemen’s Shabwah Governorate, U.S. Central […]

ISIL moves in on Yemen war with massive suicide bomb attack

ISIL moves in on Yemen war with massive suicide bomb attack

by WorldTribune Staff, August 29, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack in Yemen on Aug. 29 that left more than 60 people dead. Dozens more were wounded after a terrorist drove a car packed with explosives into an army facility in the southern coast city of […]

Famine crisis hits Yemen as Western banks cut credit lines

Famine crisis hits Yemen as Western banks cut credit lines

by WorldTribune Staff, July 14, 2016 Millions of people are facing famine in Yemen as importers are unable to have food shipped in after Western banks severed credit lines. Some $260 million is stuck in banks due to the civil war, trade and aid sources say. The United Nations said 10 of Yemen’s 22 governorates […]