Saudi coalition forces Al Qaida out from key Yemen port city

Special to About 2,000 Saudi-led coalition troops launched an offensive that drove Al Qaida jihadists from their Yemeni stronghold on April 24. More than 800 Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters were killed and the remainder fled as the force of Yemeni and Emirati troops advanced on the port city of Mukalla, […]

Al Qaida gaining strength in Afghanistan (and in Yemen)

Special to Al Qaida has a larger presence in Afghanistan than U.S. defense officials had previously thought and its ties to the Taliban make the terror group a “big threat” in the country. Maj. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. military force in Afghanistan, said the recent discovery and destruction […]

Airstrikes reportedly hit Al Qaida camp in Yemen

Special to Warplanes struck an Al Qaida camp in southern Yemen on April 3, a local official said. The official said four air strikes targeted Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) near the port city of Mukalla on Yemen’s south coast. Several jihadists were killed and many more injured in the attack. Though […]

Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

Special to A World Food Program (WFP) ship carrying humanitarian aid docked in Yemen on March 2 nearly a month after being diverted to Saudi Arabia. Saudi said it blocked the shipment on Feb. 11 because the vessel, the Mainport Cedar, was carrying communications equipment. The ship was carrying relief supplies to the port […]

Saudis report 375 civilians have been killed near Yemen border

Special to Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies have fired some 40,000 projectiles from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, killing at least 375 civilians, Saudi officials said on Feb. 1. On Feb. 1 alone, nearly 130 mortars and 15 missiles were fired by the Houthis and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s former president, […]

Al Qaida’s new tactics deliver old message: U.S. out of the Middle East

Special to ABU DHABI — Al Qaida’s tactics have clearly changed, but the strategy remains the same — the expulsion of the United States from the Middle East. And last week, it worked. They’re now called Salafists, but thousands of them stormed U.S. embassies in Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen […]