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Jan 26, 2015

CIA drone strike kills al Qaeda men in Yemen

SANAA (Reuters) – A CIA drone strike on a car in Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaeda militants on Monday, officials said, in a sign U.S. security operations would continue despite a political crisis in the volatile Arab country.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government quit on Thursday in a confrontation with an Iranian-allied armed group, depriving Washington of a staunch ally in its campaign against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Jan 26, 2015

Air strike in Yemen suggests U.S. drone war survives leader’s downfall

SANAA (Reuters) – A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in eastern Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaeda militants on Monday, officials said, suggesting Washington’s remotely-piloted air war has survived the overthrow of the country’s U.S.-backed leader.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government quit on Thursday after he was besieged inside his palace by an Iranian-allied armed group, depriving Washington of an ally in its campaign against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most powerful branches of the global Jihadist network.

Jan 26, 2015

Suspected U.S. drone strike kills al Qaeda men in Yemen

SANAA, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A suspected U.S. drone strike on a
car in eastern Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaeda
militants on Monday, officials said, suggesting U.S. security
operations are continuing despite a political crisis in the
volatile Arab country.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government quit on
Thursday in a confrontation with an Iranian-allied armed group,
depriving Washington of a staunch ally in its campaign against
al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Jan 25, 2015

Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi’ite group’s takeover

SANAA (Reuters) – No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country’s tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate.

    Provinces across a nation barely held together by a complex web of tribal and religious alliances said they would no longer take military commands from Sanaa after the Iranian-allied Shi’ite Houthi group besieged Hadi’s home and palace this week.

Jan 24, 2015

Thousands of Yemenis stage biggest anti-Houthi protest in Sanaa

SANAA (Reuters) – Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the biggest demonstration yet against the Houthi group that dominates Yemen, two days after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s resignation left the country in political limbo.

Witnesses said a crowd estimated at up to 10,000 people marched from Sanaa University towards Hadi’s home some 3 km (1.8 miles) away and back, repeating chants denouncing both the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi group and predominantly Sunni al Qaeda.

Jan 23, 2015

Yemen suffers power vacuum after president, premier quit

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.

Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis’ control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants.

Jan 22, 2015

Yemen president quits, throwing country deeper into chaos

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, just days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda.

Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis’ control of Sanaa for impeding his two-year-long attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants.

Jan 22, 2015

Houthis welcome Yemeni president’s concessions but gunmen remain

SANAA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels welcomed on
Thursday proposed concessions by the government on power-sharing
but their gunmen still held positions outside the residence of
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who remains a virtual prisoner
there.

Hadi said on Wednesday he was ready to accept Houthi
demands which also include constitutional change, yielding to
pressure from the Shi’ite group whose fighters battled their way
into the presidential palace this week, after seizing an aide to
the president.

Jan 21, 2015

Houthi gunmen guard Yemen leader’s home, deny overthrowing him

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s minority Shi’ite Houthi fighters took up guard at President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s home on Wednesday but said they had not toppled him, after two days of fighting which left little doubt that the enfeebled leader was now at their mercy.

The Houthis, friendly to Iran, swept into the capital four months ago and have emerged as the dominant force in the country. For now at least they appear to have decided to stop short of overthrowing Hadi, possibly preferring to exert control over a weakened leader rather than take on the burden of power.

Jan 21, 2015

Houthi display of force challenges embattled Yemen leader

SANAA, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Houthi fighters battled guards at
the Yemeni president’s private home and entered his palace on
Tuesday, raising the stakes in a turbulent campaign for more
political power that has enfeebled state authority and thrown
the Arab state deeper into turmoil.

Speaking hours after his fighters’ display of force, Houthi
leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi warned President Abd-Rabbu Mansour
Hadi that he had to implement a power-sharing deal struck when
his men seized the capital in September.