sami's Feed
Jul 7, 2015

Air strikes kill nearly 100 in Yemen, cast shadow on truce talks

DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) – Nearly 100 people were killed on Monday in air strikes across Yemen, the Houthi-run state news agency reported, as a Saudi-led coalition stepped up attacks that are likely to weigh on efforts to broker a humanitarian truce.

The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to the air strikes and fighting that have killed nearly 3,000 people in Yemen since March when the Saudi-led coalition intervened against the Iranian-backed Houthi forces to try to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Jul 6, 2015

Yemen government raises prospect of truce, warplanes bomb Sanaa

DUBAI/SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as the capital Sanaa came under renewed air strikes.

The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to fighting and air strikes that have killed nearly 3,000 people in Yemen since March when a Saudi-led coalition intervened against Houthi forces in a bid to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Jul 2, 2015

Gulf states tighten security for frightened Shi’ites after mosque blasts

DUBAI (Reuters) – It may have been a prank, albeit a malevolent one, or a genuine threat of violence, when flyers featuring the Islamic State flag were placed near a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in Bahrain this week.

But whatever the motive, the unsettling discovery at Ain al-Dar al-Shamali mosque was an additional test of mettle for a community already on edge following three bombings of Shi’ite mosques by the militant group in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait since May 22.

Jun 30, 2015

In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda

DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains the country’s top militant network and its several thousand fighters and bomb makers, who have repeatedly tried to bring down Western aircraft, are still seen as a serious threat by Washington.

Jun 30, 2015

Insight – In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda

DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains the country’s top militant network and its several thousand fighters and bomb makers, who have repeatedly tried to bring down Western aircraft, are still seen as a serious threat by Washington.

Jun 14, 2015

Insight – Ground force push by Yemen’s Hadi faces uphill task

ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) – Crawling under barbed wire and leaping over burning tires, dozens of bare-chested young fighters train in a barren part of central Yemen, preparing to head to the frontlines of their country’s worsening conflict.

Less than 100 miles (150 km) away in Aden, former army officers are readying a separate contingent of volunteers to join a war that has put the energy-rich Gulf on edge.

Jun 12, 2015

Prospects look dim for Yemeni peace talks

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s warring parties are heading to Geneva for U.N.-sponsored talks from Sunday, but there are few if any signs that either is ready to make the compromises necessary for a deal.

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has said the talks can end over two months of conflict that has killed almost 2,600 people, and save the Arabian Peninsula country from permanent division.

May 31, 2015

Arab war planes bomb Yemen; exiles report U.S.-Houthi talks

DUBAI (Reuters) – Aircraft from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Yemen’s Houthi outposts throughout the country on Sunday, residents said, while Yemen’s government in exile said the militia was in talks with the United States in Oman.

The raids hit an air base near Sanaa airport and a military installation aligned with the Houthis overlooking the presidential palace compound in the capital Sanaa.

May 31, 2015

Yemen’s Houthis in talks with U.S.officials in Oman – Yemen gov’t

DUBAI (Reuters) – Senior figures from Yemen’s dominant Houthi group are holding talks with U.S. officials in Oman to advance efforts to resolve the conflict in Yemen, the Riyadh-based Yemeni government said on Sunday.

A Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen in March in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Hadi fled in March, after the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa in September and then thrust into central and south Yemen.

May 31, 2015

Yemen’s Houthis in talks with U.S. officials in Oman: Yemen government

DUBAI (Reuters) – Senior figures from Yemen’s dominant Houthi group are holding talks with U.S. officials in Oman to advance efforts to resolve the conflict in Yemen, the Riyadh-based Yemeni government said on Sunday.

A Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen in March in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Hadi fled in March, after the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa in September and then thrust into central and south Yemen.