“Trump’s ill-fated Yemen raid raises risk/reward questions”


MADDOW BLOG

David Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the planning and unanticipated obstacles that befell Donald Trump's first ordered counter-terrorism raid in Yemen

David Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the planning and unanticipated obstacles that befell Donald Trump’s first ordered counter-terrorism raid in Yemen

“After hours at sea, chaos and desperation at Yemeni city”


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“Iraqi prime minister fears Yemen conflict could spark wider sectarian war”


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

“Why Obama chose the Iran talks to take one of the biggest risks of his presidency”


WASHINGTON POST

A handout picture released by the White House on April 1, 2015 shows President Obama and Vice President Biden, with the national security team, participating in a secure video teleconference from the Situation Room of the White House on March 31, 2015, with Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and the U.S. team negotiating with Iran about their nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland. (White House / Pete Souza/EPA)

A handout picture released by the White House on April 1, 2015 shows President Obama and Vice President Biden, with the national security team, participating in a secure video teleconference from the Situation Room of the White House on March 31, 2015, with Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and the U.S. team negotiating with Iran about their nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland. (White House / Pete Souza/EPA)

“Obama’s anti-terror strategy suffers setback in Yemen”


CNN

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“Iran warns Saudi over ‘dangerous step’ in Yemen”


CBS NEWS

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“The Real Terror Threat”


NBC NEWS

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EDSHOW Libya attack underscore Obama Admin drone use


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Protesters Try To Storm US Embassy In Yemen


SKY NEWS

12:05pm UK, Thursday 13 September 2012

Anger about an anti-Islam film spreads as thousands try to storm the US embassy in Yemen and skirmishes continue in Egypt.

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”.

In Egypt, protests have continued for a second day outside the US embassy in Cairo, provoked by an American-made anti-Islam film, being promoted on YouTube and said to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

Police were pelted with rocks and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. FULL ARTICLE

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Al-Qaida’s No. 2 in Yemen killed in airstrike By AHMED AL-HAJ and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press The Associated Press Monday, September 10, 2012 5:36 PM EDT


Written by
Ahmed Al-Haj
and Lolita C. Baldor

FILE – In this undated frame grab from video posted on a militant-leaning Web site, and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, shows Saeed al-Shihri, deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemeni officials say a missile believed to have been fired by a U.S. operated drone on Monday has killed al-Qaidaís No. 2 leader in Yemen along with five others traveling with him in one car. Al-Qaidaís Yemen branch is seen as the worldís most active, planning and carrying out attacks against targets in and outside U.S. territory. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group, File) NO SALES. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS VIDEO IMAGE

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Associated Press

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

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