Yemen Newslinks for 16-17 June 2011

16 June 2011 —

17 June

Yemeni government says Saleh to return from Saudi Arabia soon
Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz June 16, 2011. SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, taken to Saudi Arabia for …

Ten suspected militants arrested in Yemen as battles continue
Channel 6 News Online
SANAA (BNO NEWS) — Clashes between Yemeni security forces and alleged al-Qaeda militants continued in the southern province of Abyan on Thursday, the Yemen Post reported, while nearly a dozen said militants were arrested….

Defected soldiers attack military base in north Yemen, one soldier killed
SANAA, June 16 (Xinhua) — Defected military soldiers, who supported the anti-government protesters’ demand of ousting Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, launched an attack on a government military base in the northern province of Hajja on Thursday, …

CIA Plan Escalates Debate Over Legality of Drone Attacks
World Politics Review
By Guy Taylor | 17 Jun 2011 The CIA’s plan for a secret Persian Gulf base to launch drone attacks on suspected terrorists in Yemen has escalated the debate over just how far the United States can go with such attacks before violating accepted …

Britain slaps security curbs on UPS air cargo
Britain introduced new security measures affecting the transport of cargo through the country last November after the discovery of a parcel bomb sent from Yemen on a US-bound UPS flight at East Midlands Airport. A parcel bomb hidden in a printer ink …

Humanitarian Crisis Emerges in Southern Yemen (blog)
Battles in Southern Yemen between the government and suspected Al Qaeda militants are causing a humanitarian crisis. Thousands have fled the fighting in the Abyan governorate. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says over 2000 families have …

Prayer and politics: How Friday became the Middle East’s day of protest
CNN International
Yemen’s uprising started in January this year, spurred on by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, and since then, Fridays have had a very different flavor for Alazzany and tens of thousands of Yemenis like him. Alazzany, who is an assistant professor …

US boosts Yemen drone strikes amid chaos : The Bureau of …
By Chris Woods
Hakim Almasmari, editor of the leading English language newspaper in Yemen, the Yemen Post told the Bureau: “Our aircraft fleet is very limited. Given that, and the targets being struck, and what the eye witnesses see…

Yemen’s battle of the sons – Global Public Square – Blogs
By amarcnn
Editor’s Note: Barak Barfi is a research fellow with the New America Foundation. By Barak Barfi – Special to CNN With the departure of Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh, the local political scene has become a battle of the sons.

Another day of clashes, angry protests in Yemen –
Deadly fighting between Yemeni government forces and al Qaeda erupted in a
restive southern province on Saturday.


16 June 2011
Defected soldiers attack military base in north Yemen, one soldier killed

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Aiming to Preserve Autocratic Mideast Rule, Saudi Arabia Helps Crush Uprisings in Bahrain, Yemen
Dandelion Salad
Dandelion Salad Democracy Now! June 16, 2011 While the United States remains heavily involved in the Libya conflict, it has been noticeably silent on the violent suppression of popular uprisings against autocratic regimes in Bahrain and Yemen, both of which are close allies of Saudi Arabia. In March, Bahrain called in Saudi troops to help […]

Nicholas Noe and Walid Raad, “On a Collision Course with the Muslim Brotherhood”
Ammar Nehmeh, an occasional columnist at the Beirut-based leftist daily As-Safir, wrote that forces that traditionally resist U.S. policy in the region, and that initially supported the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, now find themselves on a collision course with the Muslim Brotherhood, the vast Islamic movement, which is trying to steer events according to its own beliefs and interests. In practical terms, Nehmeh wrote, this means that the Lebanese political party and military group Hezbollah, for example, is now discovering that its long honeymoon with the Brothers everywhere is ending.

Report: Bin Laden Asked Yemeni Terrorists to Attack US
ABC News
By PIERRE THOMAS (@PierreTABC) Yemeni army officers and soldiers shout slogans during a demonstration by anti-government protestors in Sanaa, Yemen, June 15, 2011. (Hani Mohammed/AP Photo) Newly discovered intelligence from the files obtained at Osama …

Militants in Yemen strike city, threaten government officials
Boston Globe
By Laura Kasinof SANA, Yemen — Militants made a serious incursion early yesterday into a provincial capital in Yemen’s southeast, warning government officials to leave or face retaliation. The attack was the latest case of armed groups taking …

GCC to Review Yemen Proposal
By Nadia Idriss Mayen-Jovan Djordjevic On June 14 members of the Gulf Cooperation Council gathered in Riyadh, to discuss the situation in Yemen, and review proposals to help end the crisis. The GCC’s proposals, which so far have aimed at providing a …

Ghost wars in the Middle East
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
(MENAFN – Jordan Times) In Libya, Yemen and Syria, national armies,
originally created to protect their countries against external aggression,
have opted to direct their guns at their own people instead. But is that
really what is happening? …

OFWs in Yemen asked to evacuate
Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – A day after he welcomed and presented in
Malacañang a Filipino engineer hostaged in Yemen for 19 days, President
Aquino appealed to some 1300 Filipinos in the war-torn country to
immediately evacuate. “We understand the situation …

Clashes break truce in south Yemen as gov’t officials blame opposition
People’s Daily Online
Fierce clashes flared between Yemeni government forces and
opposition-backed armed tribesmen in southern province of Taiz late on
Wednesday, breaking a fragile truce they agreed two days ago, local
councilman told Xinhua. …

Education languishing under the guillotine of tribal fighting – Yemen
Tribal fighting within Yemen has caused schools to close and teachers to
flee the fighting. Students have lost family members and are now without
education due to the ongoing violence within the country. 16th May 2011 Due
to tribal fighting in the …

Transfers of Guantánamo Detainees to Yemen: Policy Continuity between …
Brookings Institution
The following is a written briefing paper to the House Armed Services
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations by Benjamin Wittes, Matthew
Waxman, and Robert Chesney, examining the problem of transfers of Yemeni
detainees from Guantánamo Bay. …

49 Tajiks evacuated from Yemen
Central Asia Online
DUSHANBE – Forty-nine Tajiks have been evacuated from Yemen,
reported June 14, quoting Tajik Foreign Ministry spokesman Davlat Nazriyev.
At Tajikistan’s request, a Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane flew
the Tajiks home, he said. …

Lawfare › Briefing Paper on Guantanamo Transfers to Yemen
By Benjamin Wittes
Thank you for the opportunity to brief the subcommittee on the problem of
transfers of Yemeni detainees from Guantánamo Bay. Yemeni transfers have,
since the Christmas Day bombing attempt and the rise of Al Qaeda in the
Arabian …

The Volokh Conspiracy » DOD or CIA in Yemen?
By Kenneth Anderson
The U.S. military strikes have been conducted with the permission of the
Yemeni government. The CIA operates under different legal restrictions,
giving the administration a freer hand to carry out strikes even if Yemeni
President Ali …

Why Things will get worse in Yemen (Updated) | Waq al-Waq | Big Think
By Gregory Johnsen
Simply put there is no magic missile solution to the problem of AQAP in
Yemen. It will take a lot of hard diplomacy and nuanced efforts on a
variety of different fronts but AQAP can be defeated – just not by drones
alone. …

CIA Building Secret Mideast Base to Launch Drone Attacks in Yemen
Democracy Now!
The CIA is building a secret air base in the Middle East to serve as a launching pad for armed drones to strike Yemen. Since December 2009, U.S. strikes in Yemen have been carried out by the U.S. military with intelligence support from the CIA. Now, the spy agency is preparing to carry out drone strikes itself alongside the military campaign. The Wall Street Journal reports the CIA, in coordination with Saudi Arabia, has been ramping up its intelligence gathering efforts in Yemen in recent months to support a sustained drone campaign. We speak with Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen and now a graduate student in Near Eastern studies at Princeton University.

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