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

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

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 and USS Gravely on March 28 intercepted and seized the shipment of weapons hidden aboard […]

Airstrikes reportedly hit Al Qaida camp in Yemen

Airstrikes reportedly hit Al Qaida camp in Yemen

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 Yemen’s south coast. Several jihadists were killed and many more injured in the attack. Though […]

Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

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 Mainport Cedar, was carrying communications equipment. The ship was carrying relief supplies to the port […]

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

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

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 Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operations in southern Yemen, was killed while traveling in a car with […]

Saudis report 375 civilians have been killed near Yemen border

Saudis report 375 civilians have been killed near Yemen border

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 were fired by the Houthis and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s former president, […]

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

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

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 on Jan. 31 in the southern port city of Aden. The body showed signs of […]

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 […]

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