3 Executed by Militants for Helping U.S. in Yemen

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By REUTERS  Published: February 12, 2012

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) — Islamist militants in southern Yemen said they executed three men on Sunday for giving the United States information used to carry out drone strikes in the area.

Residents of the towns of Jaar and Azzan said two Saudis and one Yemeni were beheaded at dawn by the militant group Ansar al-Sharia.

A spokesman for the group later said none of those executed were Saudi citizens, but all three had been working for the intelligence services of the kingdom, a close ally of the United States.

A number of important figures in Al Qaeda’s wing in Yemen are Saudi militants wanted by the authorities in Riyadh.

The United States has been launching drone strikes against militants in the south. Last month, at least 12 people were killed in one such attack. Continue reading

Saudi to US: Give us Predator drones to use in Yemen

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Saudi to US: Give us Predator drones to use in Yemen By Guest September 6, 2011 at 12:23 AM This is a guest post by Paul Mutter. U.S.-Saudi military cooperation in Yemen (which I reported on for The Arabist a few months ago) have not been without controversy. While the U.S. conducts it own drone strikes in Yemen against suspected al Qaeda targets and provides extensive funding, intelligence and training to government forces, it also provides satellite imagery to the Saudis, who conduct airstrikes and ground offensives against suspected al Qaeda targets and anti-government Shia militias. Continue reading

Yemen: Phony Revolution Versus Real Terrorism

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February 8, 2011
Despite pledges from oil-rich neighbors to invest, nearly as much money is moved out of the country as is moving in. Experts see Yemen as more unstable and hospitable to new investments. The core problem is, and long has, been the tribal divisions. National unity has always been weak, and often imaginary. Continue reading

After Countries Doing So, Yemen to Evacuate Nationals in Egypt

Yemen decided to evacuate its nationals in Egypt, an African country being rocked by unprecedented protests against the ruling regime.
Yemen News Agency Saba reported on Sunday that President Saleh had ordered the authorities to transport Yemenis in Egypt to their country after many of them, especially those stranded at airports, appealed to the government to take action and help ease their travel. Continue reading