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Al Qaeda in Yemen threatens more prison breaks to free militants

August 13, 2013 Comments off

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aq prison break threatA police trooper inspects a vehicle at the entrance of the Sanaa International Airport on August 7, 2013. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)
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Al Qaeda’s Yemen faction is working to free jailed militants as soon as possible, according to a statement posted online by Nasser al-Wuhayshi, a co-founder of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Al Qaeda militants staged at least two prison breaks last month: in Iraq, Pakistan and possibly Libya.

In Iraq, 500 militants were freed during the prison, many of which were linked with Al Qaeda. The assailants behind the prison break in Libya were not immediately identified.

“The imprisonment will not last and the chains will be Read more…

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U.S. suspects escaped prisoners may be aiding Al Qaeda in attack on Yemen

August 9, 2013 Comments off

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Tom Coghlan and Annabel Symington

U.S. intelligence agencies have said that several prisoners, who escaped in recent jail breakouts in the Middle East, might be aiding Al Qaeda terror group in conducting a terror strike on the American Embassy in Yemen.

Nasir al Wuhayshi, who runs the most dangerous branch of Al Qaeda, is believed to be behind the plot that involves explosive-laden truck bombs targeting U.S. missions, ABC News reports.

He is also suspected to be the mastermind behind the underwear bomb plan to bring down a U.S. aircraft.

The report further added that al Wuhayshi might get help from a large number of Al Qaeda prisoners, who have been freed from several prisons in the Middle East in past few weeks with the help of heavily armed militants.

Interpol reports there have been at least nine major prison breaks in the last month.

In Iraq, 500 jail inmates were freed, including 50 Al Qaeda militants.

In Libya, more than 1,000 prisoners were freed from a jail in Benghazi.

Another Taliban jailbreak in Pakistan freed nearly 250 convicts.

Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said that the prisoners could possibly be suicide bombers or become combatants with bomb-making capabilities.

After the State Department ordered the evacuation of all non-essential personnel from Yemen because of an increased terror threat, a U.S. military cargo plane helped evacuate staff from the U.S. Embassy.

The U.S. Air Force airlifted almost all of the personnel with the help of a C-17 aircraft to Germany, leaving behind only the most essential employees. (ANI)

Report: US Building Secret Drone Bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula

September 21, 2011 Comments off

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The United States is reported to be expanding a secret drone program in east Africa and the Arabian peninsula in order to gather intelligence and strike al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia and Yemen.

Citing U.S. defense officials, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. is building a new military installation to host the unmanned aircraft in Ethiopia, where drones can more easily attack members of the militant group al-Shabab that is fighting for control of neighboring Somalia.

The report also said the U.S. has re-opened a drone base in the Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, where a small Read more…

Drone strikes are police work, not an act of war?

July 6, 2011 Comments off

blogs.reuters

Launching an air strike in another nation would normally be considered an act of aggression. But advocates of America’s rapidly expanding unmanned drone programme don’t see it that way.

They are arguing, as Tom Ricks writes on his blog The Best Defense over at Foreign Policy, that the campaign to kill militants with missile strikes from these unmanned aircraft, is more like police action in a tough neighborhood than a military conflict.

These raids conducted by sinister-looking Predator or Reaper aircraft in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen – and since last month in Somalia – should not be seen as a challenge to states and their authority. Instead they are meant to supplement the power of governments that are Read more…

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June 23, 2011 Comments off

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Hopes for democracy fade as civil wars grip the Arab world

June 13, 2011 Comments off

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A Syrian soldier on a military bus near Jisr al-Shughour, where authorities said 120 soldiers and police were killedA Syrian soldier on a military bus near Jisr al-Shughour, where authorities said 120 soldiers and police were killed

The Arab awakening is turning into the Arab nightmare. Instead of ushering in democracy, the uprisings in at least three Arab states are fast becoming vicious civil wars. In the past 10 days, crucial developments in Syria, Libya and Yemen have set these countries spiralling into violent and intractable struggles for power.

In Syria, thousands of troops are assaulting the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour where the government claims 120 of its soldiers and police were killed last week. Leaving aside exactly how they died, the government in Damascus is making it lethally clear that in future its opponents, peaceful opponents or not, will be treated as if they were armed gunmen. An extraordinary aspect of the Syrian uprisings is that people go on Read more…

Tribal fighters take over major city in Yemen, eyewitnesses say

June 7, 2011 Comments off

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh (pictured in 2008) was injured Friday from an attack at his presidential compound.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh (pictured in 2008) was injured Friday from an attack at his presidential compound.

(CNN) — Tribal fighters took control of a top Yemeni city on Tuesday, a setback for an embattled government whose injured president is confined to a hospital in Saudi Arabia.

More than 400 tribal gunmen took over Taiz in southwest Yemen, eyewitnesses there said.

The gunmen had been clashing with Yemeni security forces near the city’s Republican Palace and eyewitnesses said they are now in control of the city. The palace is not far from the city’s Freedom Square — a focal point of anti-government protests.

Government forces have been regrouping in an effort to re-enter the city. Yemen’s government has faced international criticism for excessive Read more…