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  • Four Americans taken hostage in Yemen

    05/30/2015 7:29:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    JPOST.COM ^ | 5/31/15 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Houthi rebels have taken at least four Americans hostage in Yemen, The Washington Post reported Saturday. According to the report, three of the hostages were working in the private sector. The fourth is a dual citizen of Yemen and the US, whose job is unknown. An unnamed US official in the report said that a number of rescues operation have been attempted and failed.
  • Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner

    05/30/2015 9:19:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/29/15 | Greg Miller and Adam Goldman
    The rebel group that has seized power in Yemen has taken at least four U.S. citizens prisoner, according to U.S. officials who said that efforts to secure the Americans’ release have faltered. One of the prisoners had been cleared for release in recent days only to have that decision reversed by members of the Houthi rebellion that toppled the U.S.-backed government earlier this year and now controls most levers of power in Yemen.
  • What is the USS Theodore Roosevelt doing in the Gulf of Aden? Nobody knows.

    04/22/2015 1:09:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Charting Course Blog sgberman.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Steve Berman
    [Snip]...But Marie Harf, Queen of Nonsense, insists that the carrier group (carriers never travel alone, by the way, they keep missile frigates, destroyers, Aegis cruisers, tenders, and a few submarines around for security) is only there to “ensure the shipping lanes remain open and safe” — and “not to do anything in terms of those Iranian ships.” Any suggestion to the contrary is “blatantly untrue– so this discreet movement of U.S. assets is for a discreet purpose,” Harf said. To paraphrase what Teddy Roosevelt might say: W.T.F!?
  • Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition resumes air strikes

    04/22/2015 7:57:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    bbc ^ | 2-22-2015
    Saudi-led coalition jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen's third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them. The strikes followed the fall of the base outside Taiz of an army unit loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Fighting was also reported in the second city of Aden, Lahj's provincial capital Huta, and the town of Daleh. On Tuesday, Riyadh declared its month-long campaign, which sought to restore the president, had achieved its goals. But it warned that it would continue to take action against the Houthis as needed. The UN says at least...
  • White House: 'Job Is Not Done' in Yemen

    04/22/2015 6:36:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    newsmax ^ | 4-22-2015
    Yemen remains unstable and much more work needs to be done in the region, despite a declared halt to the Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country, the White House said on Wednesday. "Obviously, the job is not done," Jen Psaki, White House communications director, said on CNN. Tuesday's announcement by Saudi Arabia that it would end its campaign of air strikes against the Iranian-allied Houthis drew positive responses from the White House and Tehran, as well as fresh calls for peace talks and for humanitarian aid. Saudi Arabia said its month-old campaign against the Houthis, who had seized large areas...
  • Saudi-led Coalition Declares End to Yemen Campaign

    04/21/2015 11:39:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    Soviet Press Sputnik ^ | 4-21-2015 | Lavrov
    The Saudi-led coalition will now begin a new phase, titled 'Operation Restoring Hope', according to the statement of the Saudi defense ministry. Saudi-led coalition operations in Yemen are now entering a political phase. The airstrikes have eliminated all threats against the kingdom and the neighboring countries through the destruction of the heavy arms and ballistic missiles that were seized by the Houthi militias and pro-Saleh forces, according to a statement by the defense ministry. A coalition spokesman said the decision to end operation Firmness Storm followed a request from the Yemeni government.
  • Yemen airstrike campaign to end Tuesday, Saudi Arabia says

    04/21/2015 12:45:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/21/15 | Mohammed Tawfeeq,
    A Saudi-led coalition will end "Operation Decisive Storm" -- its nearly monthlong airstrike campaign in Yemen -- by the end of Tuesday, and a new undertaking called "Operation Restoring Hope" will begin, Saudi state-run TV reported without immediately elaborating. The aim is to bring back Yemen's "security and stability through establishing a political process," said a statement from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.
  • Is Obama Ready to Confront Iran Over Yemen?

    04/21/2015 3:20:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    The Obama administration, while showing willingness to cave in to just about every Iranian demand in the ongoing nuclear negotiations, appears to be flexing its muscles in the Yemen proxy fight between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  • Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.

    04/20/2015 11:18:33 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 20 | No Attribution
    Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.
  • U.S. expedites arms shipments to coalition bombing Yemen

    04/07/2015 12:38:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Angus McDowall and Mohammed Mukhashaf
    Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S., a key ally of oil-rich Saudi Arabia, had also set up a coordination center in the Sunni Muslim kingdom, whose forces have led an air campaign against the Shi'ite Houthi group which rules most of Yemen. "Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message to the Houthis and their allies that they cannot overrun Yemen by force," he told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh. "As part of that effort, we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the...
  • The Crisis in Yemen Intensifies as Houthi Fighters Push Deeper Into Aden

    04/06/2015 1:50:29 AM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies
    Time ^ | 4-6-15 | David Stout
    Saudi-led air strikes have failed to reverse the rebels' momentum Houthi militia inched closer Sunday to capturing the port city of Aden, where Saudi-backed forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi continue to hold out. The Shi‘ite rebels unleashed artillery barrages on residential areas in the city and targeted a pro-Hadi television station with mortar rounds, forcing it off the air, reports AFP. “There are bodies in the streets, and we can’t get close because there are Houthi snipers on the rooftops. Anything that gets near, they shoot at,” an unidentified medic told Reuters. Houthi militants continue to...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bid to dominate Middle East

    03/28/2015 9:14:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    al Reuters ^ | 03/28/2015 | Humeyra Pamuk
    (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region. "Iran is trying to dominate the region," said Erdogan, who is due to visit Tehran in early April. "Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the...
  • Iran demands immediate halt to military actions in Yemen

    03/26/2015 10:52:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 26, 2015 | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday and said it would make all necessary efforts to control the crisis there, Iranian news agencies reported. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Thursday struck Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country's Western-backed president. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported a ground offensive with troops from other Muslim states was being prepared.
  • Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes on Houthi Rebels in Yemen

    03/26/2015 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/25/2015 | FELICIA SCHWARTZ in Washington and HAKIM ALMASMARI in Yemen
    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states launched airstrikes against rebel forces in Yemen’s capital and across the country in defense of what Riyadh called the nation’s legitimate government. The attacks began Thursday morning, hours after Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, fled the southern port city of Aden by boat when Iranian-backed Houthi militants closed in. The decision by Saudi Arabia and the region’s Sunni monarchies to intervene on Mr. Hadi’s behalf raises the stakes in their rivalry with predominantly Shiite Iran, which has raged in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. The raids also risked further inflaming sectarian...
  • US official: US was surprised by collapse of Yemen govt

    02/13/2015 8:01:58 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Feb 12, 2015 | KEN DILANIA
    The Obama administration's senior counterterrorism official acknowledged Thursday that U.S. intelligence was surprised by the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen.
  • UN warns that Yemen 'is collapsing before our eyes'

    02/12/2015 12:56:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Efforts were underway on a draft Security Council resolution to address the crisis in the Arab world's poorest country. Britain and Jordan were working on a resolution that British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said would be ready "in the next few days." A separate draft resolution by the Gulf Coordination Council of Arab states on the Persian Gulf, obtained by The Associated Press, strongly condemns the Houthis and their seizure of power and demands that they "immediately and unconditionally withdraw their forces from government institutions and from all regions under their control." The draft also demands that the Houthis "return...
  • US Marines ordered to SURRENDER WEAPONS before evacuating Yemen Embassy.

    02/11/2015 6:14:17 PM PST · by Toespi · 209 replies
    The Kelly File/Fox News
    Meghan Kelly just reported that Marines were ordered by the state department to remove clips and surrender weapons before leaving the Yemen Embassy. She reports that it is unprecedented, backed up by Jack Keene. Marines under that order are furious.
  • U.S. Marines handed over their guns before leaving Yemen

    02/11/2015 6:11:24 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/11/2015 | phil stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed over their remaining weapons to Yemenis at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, on Wednesday before boarding commercial aircraft to leave the country following the closure of the U.S. embassy, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said the Marines destroyed heavy weapons in their embassy arsenal, including machine guns, before leaving for the airport but remained armed with smaller weapons until the end to ensure a safe exit from the country. "The movement from the embassy to the aircraft required armed Marines," Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said at a briefing. The U.S....