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As Obama is sworn in, US drones wreck havoc in Yemen

More than 10 suspected al Qaeda operatives were killed by an explosion in a house in south Yemen where they were making bombs, and at least six others died in two strikes from U.S. drones, tribal and official sources said on Sunday. A bomb ripped through a house in the province of al-Bayda on Saturday night, the state news agency Saba and a local official said. Strikes by suspected U.S. drone aircraft killed three people on Saturday and another three on Sunday in two parts of central Maarib province, tribal and government sources said. The Yemeni Defence Ministry said in an SMS text message that a number of militants were … Continue reading

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Yemeni bomb leaves 90 dead, several hundred severely injured

Britain has expressed her condemnation over a terrorist attack in the Yemeni capital Sana’a that left  at least 90 people killed and more than 200 injured, most of them Yemeni soldiers. British Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt has described the attack as ‘cowardly’. In a statement issued from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London Monday, Mr Burt said: “The UK condemns today’s violent attack in central Sana’a in which scores of Yemeni servicemen were killed and many more injured. I am deeply saddened that so many have lost their lives and my thoughts are with the families of the victims. This tragic event underlines the scale of … Continue reading

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Arap spring brings steep rise in US attacks in Yemen

By Chris Woods and Emma Slater Covert US strikes against alleged militants in Yemen have risen steeply during the Arab spring, and are currently at the same level as the CIA’s controversial drone campaign in Pakistan, a new study by the Bureau reveals. At least 26 US military and CIA strikes involving cruise missiles, aircraft, drones or naval bombardments have taken place in the volatile Gulf nation to date, killing hundreds of alleged militants linked to the regional al Qaeda franchise. But at least 54 civilians have died too, the study found. In the latest attack, US drones struck three areas of the rebel-held city of Zinjibar on March 22, … Continue reading

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