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Mar 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia, allies launch air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters

ADEN/WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia announced
on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen,
carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10-country
coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging
the southern city of Aden where the country’s president had
taken refuge.

At a news conference in Washington, Saudi Ambassador Adel
al-Jubeir said Gulf Arab allies and others had joined with the
desert kingdom in the military campaign in a bid “to protect and
defend the legitimate government” of Yemen President Abd-Rabbu
Mansour Hadi. He declined to give any information on Hadi’s
whereabouts.

Mar 26, 2015

Allies of Yemen Houthis seize Aden airport, close in on president

ADEN (Reuters) – Houthi militia forces and allied army units seized Aden airport and a nearby air base on Wednesday, tightening their grip on the outskirts of the southern Yemeni city after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled his residence for a safer location.

The United States said Hadi, holed up in Aden since fleeing the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa last month, was no longer at the compound he has been using as a base. It offered no other details on his movements.

Mar 25, 2015

Yemen’s Houthi militia close in on president’s Aden base

ADEN (Reuters) – Houthi militia forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized an air base on Wednesday and appeared close to capturing the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, residents said.

The United States said that Hadi, who has been holed up in Aden since fleeing the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa last month, was no longer at his residence. It offered no other details on his movements.

Mar 25, 2015

Yemen’s Aden braces for fight with Houthis and old foe Saleh

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – Young men brandishing AK-47s patrolled the streets of Aden on Wednesday and government employees headed home as Houthi forces backed by heavy armor punched through defense lines, putting the southern city squarely in the firing line of Yemen’s war.

The Iranian-allied attackers, bent on unseating President Abd-Rabbui Mansour Hadi who they see as a pawn of the West, have reached within 40 km (25 miles) of the southern port city where Hadi sought refuge after fleeing the capital Sanaa.

Feb 4, 2015
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Muslim clerics denounce burning alive of Jordanian pilot as un-Islamic

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(Jordanians hold up a poster of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who is being held captive by Islamic State militants, during a candlelit vigil in a show of solidarity with Japan, in front of the Japanese embassy in Amman February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

Muslim clerics widely denounced Islamist militants in Syria over the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot, saying such a form of killing was considered an abomination under Islam, no matter the justification.

Feb 4, 2015

Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic

DUBAI/AMMAN (Reuters) – Muslim clerics widely condemned the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State, saying such a form of killing was considered despicable by Islam, no matter the context.

Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show captured pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being burnt alive in a cage. Jordan, which has participated in a U.S.-led military campaign to bomb Islamic State positions, responded overnight by executing two al Qaeda convicts on death row.

Jan 14, 2015

Al Qaeda claims French attack, derides Paris rally

DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was ordered by the Islamist militant group’s leadership for insulting the Prophet Mohammad, according to a video posted on YouTube.

Gunmen killed a total of 17 people in three days of violence that began when they opened fire at Charlie Hebdo last week in revenge for publication of satirical images of the Prophet.

Dec 15, 2014

Sultan’s absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI (Reuters) – Looking frail, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbors, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.

Dec 15, 2014

Insight – Sultan’s absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI (Reuters) – Looking frail, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbours, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.

Nov 8, 2014

Houthi expansion puts Yemen on edge of civil war

SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) – An advance into Yemen’s Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi’ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country’s many conflicts, with potential consequences well beyond its borders.

Yemen’s tribal, regional and political divisions were widened by the rapid fall of the capital Sanaa to Houthi fighters on Sept. 21 after weeks of protests against the government and its decision to cut fuel subsidies.