THE WASHINGTON POST
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday that he fears the ongoing military intervention by Saudi Arabia in Yemen will lead to regional sectarian war, and he added that the Obama administration shares his concerns.
“I don’t want to speak for them, but I think we agreed on this,” Abadi said of his conversations Monday with President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John F. Kerry. “They want to stop this conflict as soon as possible,” he said of the administration, but the Saudis “don’t want a cease-fire now.” FULL POST
I hope that this young man is allowed to stay here…safe!
12:05pm UK, Thursday 13 September 2012
Up to 5,000 protesters are trying to storm the US embassy in Yemen as anger about an anti-Muslim film spreads in the Middle East.
Hundreds got past two police barricades and managed to get through the main gate into the US compound in Sanaa. They were then driven back by security forces firing weapons into the air.
The latest TV pictures appear to show the gate being pulled down, and smoking rising from inside the complex.
Young demonstrators shouting “we redeem, Messenger of God” smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and set fire to cars and tyres. Others held banners declaring “Allah is Greatest”.
Police were pelted with rocks and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. FULL ARTICLE
SANAA, Yemen — An airstrike killed al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him on Monday, U.S. and Yemeni officials said, a major breakthrough for U.S.-backed efforts to cripple the group in the impoverished Arab nation.
Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was killed by a missile after leaving a house in the southern province of Hadramawt, according to Yemeni military officials. They said the missile was believed to have been fired by a U.S.-operated, unmanned drone aircraft.
Two U.S. officials confirmed al-Shihri’s death but could not confirm any U.S. involvement in the airstrike. The U.S. doesn’t usually comment on such attacks although it has used drones in the past to go after al-Qaida members in Yemen, which is considered a crucial battleground with the terror network.
Yemeni military officials said that a local forensics team had identified al-Shihri’s body with the help of U.S. forensics experts. The U.S. and Yemeni military officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information to the media.
Late Monday, after speculation surfaced that the attack was carried by a U.S. drone, Yemen’s Defense Ministry issued a statement saying al-Shihri and six companions were killed during an operation by Yemeni armed forces in Wadi Hadramawt, but it did not elaborate on how they were killed.
Yemeni military officials said they had believed the United States was behind the operation because their own army does not the capacity to carry out precise aerial attacks and because Yemeni intelligence gathering capabilities on al-Shihri’s movements were limited.
Al-Shihri’s death is a major blow to al-Qaida’s Yemen branch, which is seen as the world’s most active, planning and carrying out attacks against targets on and outside U.S. territory. The nation sits on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and is on the doorstep of Saudi Arabia and fellow oil-producing nations of the Gulf and lies on sea routes leading to the Suez Canal… FULL POST