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Oct 27, 2015

Insight – Islamists rise as chaos descends in Yemen’s cosmopolitan port

DUBAI (Reuters) – In Aden, Yemen’s most cosmopolitan city, the masked Islamist gunmen seem to have burst onto the streets from some other world.

They storm university classrooms to demand men and women to stop studying together, charge into supermarkets firing in the air to force the female cashiers to cover up, harass families celebrating a Muslim holiday on the beach.

Oct 27, 2015

Islamists rise as chaos descends in Yemen’s cosmopolitan port

DUBAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – In Aden, Yemen’s most cosmopolitan
city, the masked Islamist gunmen seem to have burst onto the
streets from some other world.

They storm university classrooms to demand men and women to
stop studying together, charge into supermarkets firing in the
air to force the female cashiers to cover up, harass families
celebrating a Muslim holiday on the beach.

Sep 20, 2015

Two Americans, Briton, three Saudis released from Yemen: officials

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. citizens, one British national and three Saudis held for months by Yemen’s Houthi group were freed on Sunday and have arrived in Oman, U.S., British and Omani officials and Houthi sources said.

Their release appeared to be a goodwill gesture ahead of talks between Yemen’s dominant Houthis with the United Nations envoy to Yemen on efforts to end nearly six months of fighting.

Sep 10, 2015
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Islamic State magazine blasts Muslims fleeing to Europe as sinners

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(A migrant family from Syria walks along rail tracks as they arrive to a collection point in the village of Roszke in Hungary after crossing the border from Serbia, September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

Syrians and Libyans fleeing to Europe are committing sin by exposing their children to atheism, drugs, alcohol and sexual permissiveness, according to a magazine published by Islamic State insurgents.

Sep 7, 2015

For one Syrian migrant, a hefty price buys a ‘5-star’ journey to Europe

DUBAI (Reuters) – The affluent United Arab Emirates is not a normal jumping off point for Syrians fleeing war. But this is where Tareq began a “five-star” journey to a new life in Sweden, paying a high price to avoid the grave risks and hardships that most refugees face.

Aided by human traffickers who operate a network of agents across the Middle East and Europe, the 26-year-old made it from the Gulf emirate of Dubai to Sweden in just three weeks, and in relative comfort.

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.