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Administration delays called factor in latest of failed rescue ops

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with Gen. John F. Campbell, right, on Dec. 6, in Kabul, Afghanistan. / Mark Wilson / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has failed in consecutive hostage rescue operations in Yemen. The administration of President Barack Obama acknowledged that the target of at least two U.S. hostage rescue operations was killed during a commando […]

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Al Qaida claims bombing attack on U.S. embassy in Yemen

U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen.

Special to CAIRO — Al Qaida has claimed an attack on the U.S. embassy in Yemen. Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said two bombs were detonated outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. AQAP said the attack at the […]

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Now in control of Yemen’s capital, Iran-backed rebels named to key security positions

Iran-backed Houthi Shi'ite rebels with military vehicles captured at an army base in Sanaa on Sept, 22. / Mohammed Huwais /AFP

Special to CAIRO — The Shi’ite rebel movement, which controls most of Sanaa, has been appointed to senior posts in Yemen’s military and security forces. Officials said President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has approved the inclusion of members of […]

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Victorious Iran-backed rebels demand control of U.S.-trained Yemen army

Al Houthi  rebel in Sanaa, Yemen. / Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Special to CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have issued a new demand — control over the Yemeni military. The latest demand was issued as Al Houthi expanded their control over the capital Sanaa as well as provinces in northern […]

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Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The answer is yes. Yemen has now determined that Iran was supporting the Shi’ite rebel movement in its latest […]

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Obama administration expands on its drone war in Yemen

ScanEagle UAV system.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has launched a program to supply tactical unmanned aerial vehicles to the U.S.-trained Yemen Army following the failure of its own covert drone campaign to quell the insurgencies in the troubled Gulf […]

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U.S. embassy in Yemen denies it was targeted by Al Qaida during evacuation

Yemeni soldiers inspect vehicles at a checkpoint in Sanaa.

Special to from CAIRO — The U.S. embassy in Yemen has come under rocket fire from Al Qaida. A rocket said to be fired by Al Qaida’s Ansar Al Sharia landed some 200 meters from the U.S. embassy in […]

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Iran-backed militants shut down airport, capital of U.S.-backed Yemen

Rebel leader Abdul Malik Al Houthi

Special to CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have intensified their drive against the Western-backed government in Yemen. Fighters from the Shi’ite Al Houthi movement have been attacking government buildings in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The rocket attacks have […]

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Iran-backed rebels join Shi’ite protesters in Yemen’s capital city

Shi'ite Houthi protesters block a main road leading to the airport during a protest in Sana'a, Yemen on Sept. 7.   /AP/Hani Mohammed

Special to CAIRO — The Yemen Army are now battling Shi’ite rebels in the capital of the Arab state. Army units have opened fire on the Iran-backed Houthi movement amid its campaign against the Sanaa government. The Shi’ites have […]

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5 Saudis killed after Al Qaida seizes Border Guards’ vehicle near Yemen

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has reported a major attack from its southern border with Yemen. The Saudi Interior Ministry said at least five members of the Border Guards, one of them a senior officer, were killed […]

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