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Yemen at a glance
Location: The southern-most Middle Eastern country.  Fertile land with mountains and valleys.  A very important trade route between the Middle East and Africa.
Area: Twice the size of Wyoming.
Population: 23.8 million, predominantly Muslim.
Economy: Oil and agriculture account for about 40% of GDP.  One of the poorest countries in the Arab world; 45% live below poverty line, and 35% are unemployed.
Government: The Republic of Yemen was created in 1990.  The former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who regarded Saddam Hussein as a mentor and had strong support from the U.S., was forced out by protesters in 2011 after 32 years of brutal rule.  The new president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has virtually continued Saleh's policies and is quickly losing favor with the people of Yemen.

Sources: CIA World Factbook, The Heritage Foundation, and St. Pete for Peace research.
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Welcome, Americans, to Mysterious Yemen
by Eric Margolis (read)








NEWS FROM THE U.S. COVERT WAR IN YEMEN

2014
  • May 9 - U.S. Officers Kill Armed Civilians in Yemen Capital (read).
  • April 19 - US Drone Obliterates Civilians in Yemen.  A US drone attacked a highway in Yemen’s southeastern Bayda Province, killing at least 21 people, including a number of civilian bystanders, and wounding many more. (read).Yemen
  • March 17 - Yemen: The New Center of Obama's Drone War (read).
  • January 17 - US Drone Strikes Necessitate Counseling Center for 'Traumatized' Children.  'The people's cries have been met only with more missiles raining down from the skies above' (read).
  • January 15 - US drone strike in Yemen kills farmer (read).
2013
  • December 24 - An agreement has been signed that draws a new political map for Yemen, giving regions — including its restive south — self-rule.
  • December 12 - U.S. airstrike kills 15 civilians on their way to wedding in Yemen (read).
  • December 5 - Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 52 at Yemeni defense ministry (read).
  • November 30 - Yemen’s New Ways of Protesting Drone Strikes: Graffiti and Poetry.  Street artists and poets in Yemen campaign against American drone strikes (read).
  • November 22 - A member of Yemen's parliament was shot dead by armed gunmen in Sanaa (read).
  • November 19 - Yemen president likely to stay beyond 2014 (read).
  • November 5 - Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman gives away $500,000 prize money (read).
  • November 4 - Fighting Continues in Northern Yemen Despite Latest Ceasefire Claims (read).
  • October 24 - Yemen drones strikes cause civilians to 'fear the US as much as al-Qaeda' (read).
  • October 22 - US strikes in Yemen have killed dozens of civilians, says report.  Human Rights Watch says 57 civilians have been killed in six drone and plane attacks that 'clearly or possibly' violated international law (read).
  • August 8 - US drones pound Yemen - 34 killed in 10 days in at least 8 airstrikes (read).
  • August 1 - US Drone Pounds Yemen Yet Again as President Hadi Visits DC (read).
  • July 25 - Yemeni journalist who exposed US strikes released from prison (read).
  • July 5 - Yemen detainee at Gitmo commits suicide (read).
  • June 18 - Yemenis gather to protest detention, torture in Gitmo (read).
  • May 23 - The United States has formally said for the first time that it killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in anti-terror strikes abroad (read).
  • April 23 - Yemeni Tells Senators About ‘Fear and Terror’ Caused by U.S. Drones (read).
  • April 21 - US Resumes Trend of Drone Attacks on Yemen (read).
  • April 1 - Protesters rally outside US Embassy in Yemen for release of Guantanamo detainees (read).
  • April 1 - Drone policy hurts U.S. image in Yemen (read).
  • Feb. 27 - Ousted Yemen leader Saleh urges countrymen to forgive and forget (read).
  • Feb. 20 - Yemen’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh recently returned to the country’s capital Sana’a in order to open a museum about himself (read).
  • Feb. 6 - CIA Using Base in Saudi Arabia to Launch Drone Attacks in Yemen (read).
  • Jan. 24 - US airstrike in Yemen mistakenly hits house, killing 9 including 2 children (read).
  • Jan. 22 - 17 Killed in Four Straight Days of US Drone Strikes in Yemen (read).
  • Jan. 21 - US Drone Strike Kills Three Near Yemeni Capital - Third Drone Strike in As Many Days as US Continues Escalation (read).
  • Jan. 4, 2013 - Outrage in Yemen Grows as Deadly US Drone Attacks Expand - 5 U.S. drone strikes since Christmas (read).
2012
  • Dec. 31 - Al-Qaida Offers Bounty for US Ambassador (read).
  • Dec. 30 - US Indiscriminate Killings Spike in Yemen - Fourth drone attack in one week as Obama administration focuses on Yemen (read).
  • Dec. 24 - When U.S. drones kill civilians, Yemen’s government tries to conceal it (read).
  • Dec. 21 - Saleh cronies sacked in Yemen (read).
  • Nov. 7 - Obama Bombs Yemen Hours After Winning Reelection (read).
  • Oct. 28 - Several Killed in US Drone Attacks in North Yemen (read).
  • Oct. 20 - An international rights group has accused Yemeni security forces of endangering health care in the southern city of Aden by forcibly removing wounded activists from hospitals and exchanging fire with gunmen seeking to block the arrests (read).
  • Oct. 18 - Nine ‘Suspects’ Killed in US Drone Strike Against Southern Yemen (read).
  • Sept. 30 - Millions Are Facing Food Crisis in Yemen, U.N. Agency Says (read).
  • Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the president of YemenSept. 29 - Yemen’s president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi praises U.S. drone strikes (read).
  • Sept. 21 - Even though the Yemeni parliament unanimously rejected the presence of any foreign military forces on its soil for any reasons and demanded an immediate departure of the U.S. Marines forces, a second set of Marines arrive (read).
  • Sept. 17 - Yemen says deployment of U.S. Marines is temporary (read).
  • Sept. 13 - 4 protesters reportedly slain in clashes at US embassy in Yemen (read).
  • Sept. 10 - Tens of thousands march demanding prosecution of ousted president (read).
  • Sept. 3 - A U.S. drone strike targeting al Qaeda suspects in Yemen killed 13 civilians, including three women.  "You want us to stay quiet while our wives and brothers are being killed for no reason. This attack is the real terrorism," said Mansoor al-Maweri, who was near the scene of the strike  (read).
  • August 17 - In Yemen, revolution continues in Change Square six months after Saleh’s fall (read).
  • August 3 - Protesters Denounce Ex-Leader’s Influence (read).
  • July 18 - Families sue US for killing three citizens in Yemen drone strikes (read).
  • July 17 - Strife-Torn Yemen Tops The World's Worst Economies (read).
  • July 9 - Obama in Yemen: Killing Civilians, Bolstering Dictatorship, and Bombing in Secret (read).
  • July 7 - U.S. backing masks Saudi covert ops (read).
  • June 21 - U.S. weighs plan to send military aircraft to 'aid' Yemen.  Senior U.S. commanders say deploying cargo aircraft could be key to a U.S.-backed offensive in Yemen against Al Qaeda militants. Critics warn of a backlash. (read).
  • June 14 - Let’s Admit It: The US Is at War in Yemen, Too (read).
  • June 3 - Jeremy Scahill Says Obama Strikes In Yemen Constitute 'Murder' (read).
  • May 23 - Yemen Suffering 'Catastrophic' Food Crisis as US Escalates Its Drone War -- Oxfam reports that 10 million people, 44 percent of the population, don't have enough to eat (read).
  • May 23 - Clinton: U.S. hacked Yemeni al Qaeda websites (read).
  • May 20 - U.S. trainer shot in Yemen, army advances on militants (read).
  • May 17 - U.S. troops directly guiding four-front assault on Qaeda militants for first time (read).
  • May 15 - Al-Qaeda leader calls new Yemen leader a U.S. agent (read).
  • May 10 - Obama Sends US Special Ops Back into Yemen (read).
  • May 9 - US, Yemeni officials: Would-be al-Qaida "underwear bomber" was CIA informant, delivered bomb to officials (read).
  • Apr. 25 - White House approves broader Yemen drone campaign (read).
  • Apr. 19 - CIA 'seeks permission to widen scope of Yemen drone strikes' (read).
  • Apr. 17 - U.S. strikes kill 6 in Yemen, say officials (read).
  • Apr. 6 - Yemen’s new president fires old regime loyalists in major shake-up of country’s military (read).
  • Mar. 28 - Drone strikes in Yemen soar as U.S. stokes 'secret war' (read).
  • Mar. 16 - Yemen says more than 2,000 killed in uprising (read).
  • Mar. 6 - U.S. Air strikes in Yemen kill 45 suspected Qaeda militants (read).
  • Mar. 6 - Al Qaeda says Yemen attack follows U.S. troop increase (read).
  • Mar. 4 - U.S., Yemen Restart Training. Controversial Push to Instruct Special-Operations Forces Is Aimed at Fighting Resurgent al Qaeda (read).
  • Mar. 1 - U.S. ACKNOWLEDGES PRESENCE INSIDE YEMEN as U.S. security team attacked in Yemen (read).
  • Feb. 24 - Saleh returns to Yemen after medical treatment in U.S. (read).
  • Feb. 21 - Yemeni vote elevates vice president, ends Saleh's 33-year rule (read).
  • Feb. 19 - Obama sees single-candidate election in Yemen as 'model' for Middle East (read).
  • Feb. 12 - Washington's War in Yemen Backfires - Jeremy Scahill (read).
  • Feb. 3 - Yemeni-Americans Bring Protest to Central Park South (read).
  • Feb. 2 - U.S. airstrikes kill 5 suspected militants in Yemen (read).
  • Jan. 31 - 12 die in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen (read).
  • Jan. 28 - Official: Yemen president in US for treatment (read).
  • Jan. 21 - In Yemen, a U.S.-Backed Transition Plan Draws Fire from Democracy Activists (read).
  • Jan. 22 - Yemen dictator to be allowed into the U.S.  A day after he was granted immunity by the Yemeni parliament, Yemen's presumably-departing dictator of 33 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh is on his way to the U.S. for treatment (read).  (Comparing Yemen's Saleh to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi: Saleh killed his own people - people who peacefully protest his tyrannical reign. Gadhafi killed his own people - people who violently rose up against him. Saleh gets to enter the U.S. Gadhafi got murdered - SPFP)
  • Jan. 21 - Yemen Parliament approves immunity for the President (read).
  • Jan. 18 - Yemen foreign minister says presidential election will be held on schedule in February (read).
  • Jan. 13 - Security forces opened fired with bullets and tear gas on protesters in the southern city of Aden, killing at least four people (read).
  • Jan. 7 - Yemeni Government Approves Immunity for President Saleh (read).
  • Jan. 7, 2012 - UN official says Yemen amnesty may be illegal (read).
  • Dec. 31, 2011 - Yemen President Saleh decides to stay in country (read).
  • Dec. 28 - Labor strikes spread through Yemen Wednesday as workers demanded reforms and dismissal of managers over alleged corruption linked to the country's outgoing president (read).
  • Dec. 26 - Path Is Cleared for Yemeni Leader to Get Care in U.S. (read).
  • Dec. 25 - Yemeni protesters demand VP's resignation (read).
  • Dec. 24 - Yemen’s outgoing president says he will leave to the US in coming days to ease turmoil  (read).
  • Dec. 23 - Troops commanded by relatives of Yemen’s outgoing president attacked a crowd of more than 100,000 protesters peacefully marching into the capital Saturday, killing at least nine (read).
  • Dec. 10 - Yemen swears in national unity government; many protesters still reject the move  (read).
  • Dec. 3 - Yemeni president hands over power, but little changes (read).
  • Nov. 26 - Vice Pres. Hadi to run in uncontested election for post-Saleh Yemen -- The muscling into power of Major General Hadi and the amnesty granted to Saleh are rejected by Yemeni protesters (read).
  • Nov. 24 - Protesters reject Yemen president's U.S.-backed power transfer (read). Yemen clashes rage on after president quits. At least five people were killed in Yemen when pro-government gunmen shot at anti-government protesters. Demonstrators want Ali Abdullah Saleh to face trial (read).
  • Nov. 23 - Yemen president quits after deal in Saudi Arabia - agreement for immediate transfer of power pledges immunity for Ali Abdullah Saleh and family. Marchers protest in Sana'a rejecting Ali Abdullah Saleh's immunity from prosecution (read).
  • Nov. 19 - More than 400 troops defected from the Yemeni military Saturday evening, saying they would no longer attack unarmed protesters (read).
  • Nov. 11 - Govt. forces kill at least 15 protesters in Taiz (read).
  • Nov. 7 - Yemen: One thousand protesters in prison, many tortured (read).
  • Oct. 31 - Ruling party set to announce U.S. choice as new Yemen leader (read).
  • Oct. 29 - The Yemen Students Union reported that 184 students have died in protests in the capital of Sana’a in the past nine months (read).
  • Oct. 18 - Reports of more deaths in Yemeni protest - Witnesses say forces loyal to President Saleh fired on protesters, killing at least seven in the capital, Sanaa (read).
  • Oct. 16 - Yemen police kill 12 protesters, wound dozens (video).
  • Oct. 15 - U.S. air strike in Yemen kills 9, including a 16-year-old U.S. citizen and son of Anwar al-Awlaki (read). This marks the third U.S. citizen the Obama administration has killed in Yemen.
  • Oct. 10 - Days after female activist Tawakkul Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize, thousands of women demonstrate throughout Yemen, dozens injured by government mobs (video).
  • Oct 9 - Yemen Celebrates Nobel Peace Prize (watch video).
  • Oct. 7 Tawakkul Karman wins Nobel Peace Prize! Peace prize to Yemeni woman activist highlights struggle of women in Arab world’s uprising - Tawakkul Karman wins Nobel Peace Prize! Yemeni activist and journalist becomes first Arab woman to win the prize (read).
  • Oct. 5 - Civilians killed as Yemeni troops shell Taiz - Anti-government protests continue as the president's opponents declare that "dialogue with the regime has stopped" (read).
  • Sept. 30 - With the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, the due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality (read).
  • Sept. 29 - Yemen: President Says His Rivals Must Leave First (read).
  • Sept. 28 - Yemeni tribesman shoot down government warplane (read).
  • Sept. 24 - At least 18 civilians and 11 defected soldiers were killed on Saturday, raising the death toll to 49 since President Saleh returned (read).
  • Sept. 23 - Yemen's Saleh calls for ceasefire on return.  Protesters killed in violence following surprise arrival of the president in Sanaa after three-month absence (read).
  • Sept. 22 - Deadly fighting rages through Yemeni capital - At least fifteen people, including two women, reportedly killed in Sanaa as death toll increases (read).
  • Sept. 22 - As chaos engulfs Yemen, US drone strikes in kill 10 in southern Yemen (read).
  • Sept. 21 - Yemeni forces shatter ceasefire, shelling mourners at protesters' funerals (read).
  • Sept. 19 - At least 31 killed on Monday and 26 on Sunday as Yemen troops fire on protesters.  At least 550 wounded. "Yemen is on a knife edge," an Amnesty International official says (read).  Yemeni rooftop snipers fire at random at anti-regime protesters (read).  NOTE: In response, the U.S. had the audacity to say "we call on the parties to refrain from actions that provoke further violence" as it adds to the chaos with its escalating drone strikes.
  • Sept. 17 - Thousands of anti-government protesters stormed the capital's main university, preventing the first day of classes from beginning and tearing down pictures of the longtime leader whose ouster they seek (read). Sit-in attacked as loud explosions surround protesters (read).
  • Sept. 16: U.S. increases Yemen drone strikes (read).
  • Sept. 16: Dissident troops 'protect anti-Saleh protest'.  Demonstrators reported to have been protected by soldiers loyal to General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar (read).
  • Sept. 13: U.N. calls on the US-supported  government of Yemen to halt attacks on civilians (read).
  • Sept. 12: Saleh authorizes power transfer talks (read).
  • Sept. 9: 'Hundreds of thousands' protest in Yemen (read).
  • Sept. 7: U.S. airstrike kills 10 in south Yemen (read).
  • Sept. 6: Yemeni protesters determined to continue demonstration till regime's fall (watch).
  • Sept. 5: Civilians killed in Yemen airstrike. Deaths and injuries reported after mosque is mistakenly shelled and hospital also targeted by fighter jets (read).
  • Sept. 4: Hundreds of thousands protesters march in Yemen's capital amid escalated tension, 4 injured (read).
  • Sept. 2: US kills 30 in airstrikes on Yemen (read).
  • Sept. 2: More than 2 million anti-government protesters gather across the country. Yemen opposition considers using military to oust President Saleh (read).
  • Sept. 2: CIA shifts focus to killing targets. Behind a nondescript door at CIA headquarters, the agency has assembled a new counterterrorism unit whose job is to find al-Qaeda targets in Yemen. A corresponding commotion has been underway in the Arabian Peninsula, where construction workers have been laying out a secret new runway for CIA drones (read).
  • Aug. 30: Youth revolution rejects new US backed initiative (read).
  • Aug. 17: Yemeni Opposition Leaders Form National Council.  Seven months after demonstrators first took to the streets in Yemen calling for democracy, opposition leaders formed a national council on Wednesday to act as a government-in-waiting, a provocative step the government condemned even before it was announced (read).
  • Aug. 16: Eyewitnesses: 26 killed in Yemen clashes, including 17 women and children (read).
  • Aug. 15: Houthi Rebels Blame U.S. for Car Bombing Attack in North Yemen (read).
  • Aug. 15: In Yemen, A Woman Leads The Call For Revolution - Tawakkol Karman is a leader of the anti-government protest movement in Yemen. She has received death threats during her career as an activist but remains committed to bringing democracy to her country (read).
  • Aug. 12: Hundreds of thousands take to streets in Yemen, demanding embattled president step down (read).
  • Aug. 7: Yemeni President Leaves Saudi Hospital (read).
  • July 30: Yemen Accidentally Kills 40 Pro-Govt Tribesmen (read).
  • July 29:For the past six months, protesters have been demanding President Saleh to step down [Reuters] Tens of thousands of protesters turned out in cities across Yemen on Friday to call for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a remarkable show of determination (read).
  • July 29: A Yemeni air strike killed four civilians and wounded 12 near the militant-held southern city of Zinjibar as fighting on the ground left 16 soldiers and at least two militants dead (read).
  • July 28: Soldiers and tribesman clash - at least 40 killed (read).
  • July 27: Saleh remains defiant as Yemen is set to receive $120M from the U.S., mostly in military and security funds which are contingent on Yemen support for the U.S. 'war on terror' (read).
  • July 22: Shelling by Yemen security kills girl, mother (read).
  • July 16: Yemeni protesters announce shadow government (read).
  • July 14: New U.S. airstrikes in Yemen said to kill 8 (read).
  • July 13: Security forces battled opposition protesters in Yemen's third largest city of Taiz, while thousands more marched in fresh protests in Sanaa to demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down (read).
  • July 11: 1 dead, 150 hurt after Yemeni president's backers attack protesters (read).
  • July 10: Scores Injured as Pro-Regime Forces, Thugs Attack Yemen Protest. The demonstrators took to the streets to reject international and regional interventions in Yemen chanting slogans refusing the U.S. and Saudi mandate (read).
  • July 8: Thousands Rally in Yemen After President Appears on TV (read).
  • July 7: Yemen president makes first TV speech since being injured (read).Photo of Saleh's first speech after being burned
  • July 7: Air Goes Out of Protests in a Leaderless Yemen (read).
  • July 6: Yemen facing humanitarian crisis and needs urgent international aid says UN (read).
  • July 1: Hundreds of thousands protest in Yemen (read).
  • July 1: Three killed in argument at gas station as shortages deepen (read).
  • June 29: Yemen VP on CNN: Saleh's return could be days, weeks or months (read).
  • June 29: 47 killed in Zinjibar clashes (read).
  • June 28: Yemeni Forces Bomb Several Anti-Government Tribal Villages (read).
  • June 28: AFP: Yemen president's TV speech 'after Thursday' (read).
  • June 27: As Yemen Teeters From Political Unrest, a Humanitarian Crisis May Not Be Far Off (read). 
  • June 27: Saleh Defiant From Hospital Bed as Yemen Slides Toward Chaos (read)
  • June 26: Reuters: Saleh soon to reappear in Yemen (read). 
  • June 26: Tens of thousands protest throughout Yemen on Sunday (read).
  • June 25: Women call for change in Yemen (watch).
  • June 23 - Five killed as Yemen’s security forces clash with protesters at funeral procession in Aden (read).
  • June 21 - Yemeni president to return this week, official says; opposition party and youth protesters dubious (read).
  • June 21 - 100 Yemen troops killed in battle for Zinjibar: army (read).
  • June 18 - Youth protesters attacked by Islah members in Change Square (read).
  • June 18 - More than 100 Yemeni clerics, tribal leaders call for presidential elections (read).
  • June 18 - Unrest Lays Off 60 Per Cent Of Yemen Private Sector Workers (read).
  • June 16 - Yemen's VP meets with youth leaders (read).
  • June 16 - Activists see new unity in protests (read).
  • June 15 - Rebels Seize Buildings in Southern Yemen (read).
  • June 15 - The United States is building a secret CIA air base in the Persian Gulf region to target 'terrorists' in Yemen (read).
  • June 15 - Britain to send Apache helicopters to Yemen (read).
  • June 15 - Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis protested in several cities demanding president Saleh face criminal charges (read).
  • June 15 - Yemeni Deputy Governor: At least 130 people have been killed in the last two weeks by US drones (read).  There have been at least 15 drone attacks since June 1, and 40,000 people have fled a Yemeni province because they feared US drone strikes.
  • June 14 - CIA said to be preparing drone strikes on Yemen (read).
  • June 13 - Protesters stand firm in Sana'a -
    Many in Yemeni capital want President Saleh to be tried for crimes committed against people (watch).
  • June 11 - The oldest military ally of Yemen's injured President Ali Abdullah Saleh said the al-Qaeda terrorist crisis in the country was manufactured to win backing from outside powers (read).
  • June 11 - Yemeni forces in deadly clash with fighters; trouble in southern Zinjibar province, while president is said to be "recovering" in Saudi Arabia (read).
  • June 10 - 100,000 protesters hit the streets in Yemen (read).
U.S. intensifies airstrikes, expands covert war in Yemen
June 8 - As chaos engulfs Yemen, the U.S. is diabolically intensifying a secret campaign of airstrikes inside the Middle Eastern country, according to the New York Times.  It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would inflame the situation in Yemen by escalating its covert war on the people while they face extreme civil unrest and potential humanitarian disaster.

The Times article revealed or confirmed a number of important findings, including:
  • American airstrikes killed four innocent Yemenis on June 3, the same day president Ali Abdullah Saleh was injured in at attack.
  • Teams of American military and intelligence operatives have a command post in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.
  • The U.S. is attempting to exploit the unrest for its own gain: “But as things get more and more chaotic in Yemen, the space for the Americans to operate in gets bigger”.
  • Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen is believed by the C.I.A. to pose the greatest immediate threat to the United States, more so than even Qaeda’s senior leadership believed to be hiding in Pakistan.
  • Read entire article
  • June 8: “We would like to announce that the JMP (what the media refer to as the "opposition") is part of the regime that we are seeking to remove,” said Tawakkol Karman (who was featured in the Al Jazeera video shown at Cafe Bohemia), referring to the Joint Meeting Parties, a coalition of six opposition groups. “In any new government, if the JMP is part of it, our revolution will continue.” (read).
  • June 8: Yemenis going hungry as conflict pushes prices (read).
  • June 8: Dozens Injured as Yemen Protests Call for Transitional Council (read).
  • June 8: Badly injured Saleh unlikely to return soon (read).
  • June 7: Opposition party offer for talks rebuffed (read); Tribal fighters reportedly take over Taiz (read).
  • June 7: Sources: Yemeni president Saleh has collapsed lung, burns over 40% (read).
  • June 7: Yemen opposition backs power transfer to VP (read). (Note: the "opposition" is a political party and does not speak for the protesters or tribes.)
  • June 7: U.S. urges power transfer (with immunity); Saleh reportedly vows return (read).
  • June 6: Saudi TV: Saleh to return to Yemen; tribe says Yemeni regime kills 3 (read)
  • June 6: Saleh Undergoes Surgery, Ceasefire in Sana'a, Battles in Taiz (read).  Tenuous truce in Yemen amid uncertainty (watch).
  • June 5: Sana'a celebrates as Yemenis ask: have we finally removed the tyrant? Soldiers join the party in 'Change Square' but undercurrent of anxiety that Ali Abdullah Saleh may yet return (read).
  • June 4: Tribal target struck by Yemen forces; 10 dead (read).
  • June 3: No proof U.S.-trained forces attack Yemen protestors: Pentagon (read).
  • June 3: Yemen president speaks after being injured in an attack on his palace that killed seven (read, watch). 
  • June 2: Chaos in Yemen Drives Economy to Edge of Ruin; Sana'a could become the first capital ever to run out of water (read).
  • June 2: Democracy Now! 10 minute piece on Yemen: Clashes Spread Across Yemen, Raising Fears of Civil War (watch).
  • June 2: Thousands flee Yemeni capital as battles rage (read).
  • June 1: At least 41 people were killed as street battles continue to rage in the Yemeni capital (read).
  • May 31: Tribal fighters in Yemen have taken over government buildings in the capital, including the headquarters of the ruling party (read).
  • May 31: 8 killed in Yemen violence, at least 50 dead in Taiz since Sunday (read); truce collapses as forces loyal to president Saleh and opposition tribesmen clash in capital, Sana'a (read).
  • May 31: New video shows gunmen shooting protesters in Taiz (watch 1, 2).
  • Sunday, May 29 in Yemen:
- Police bulldoze and set fire to protesters tents, fire live ammunition and teargas as 20 are killed and 200 wounded in Taiz (read).

- There were seven explosions north of the capital, Sana'a (read).

- The government carried out rocket attacks against tribesman in southern Yemen. And, up to 300 fighters entered the southern coastal town of Zinjibar and took over "everything". The fighters were alleged to be al-Qaeda members (though this is denied by tribesman) (read).
  • May 28: Sporadic gunfire fills Yemeni capital after mediation efforts fail (read).
  • May 27: Yemeni Tribesmen Sign Cease-fire With Government to End Sana’a Gun Battle (read).
  • May 27: Yemeni jets bomb opposition tribal forces (read).
  • May 26: Blasts rock the capital Sana'a (read, watch) and 28 people were killed in an explosion and 23 in other incidents (read).
  • May 25: Fighters from Yemen's powerful tribes fired on government buildings Tuesday, prompting soldiers to respond with intense shelling in street battles that left at least 38 dead as the uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh threatened to become a militia-led revolt (read) . Chaos swirls in Yemen as Sana'a approaches anarchy (read).
  • May 23: Yemen gunbattles erupt after Saleh refuses exit - government buildings set on fire (read); 6 killed in reports of grenades and machine gun fire (read).
  • May 23: U.S., E.U. and Arab allies review support for Yemen in bid to resolve escalating crisis (read); U.S. embassy shuts consulate (read).
  • May 22: Yemeni Leader’s Allies Blockade Embassy as He Refuses Peace Deal (read) 
  • antiwar.com May 20: Tens of thousands protest against Saleh across Yemen (read)
  • May 17: Protesters close government buildings by force in Yemen's four provinces (read)
  • May 14: Gunmen fire on protesters in Yemen, wounding 35 (read).
  • May 13: Massive protests in Yemen (watch) as Saleh slams call to leave office, vows to stay ‘by all means’ (read).
  • May 11:  Yemen   forces fire on protests in 3 cities; 13 dead (watch, read).
  • May 7: US DRONE STRIKE IN YEMEN.  Days after killing Osama Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki targeted in US military attack in Yemen (read).
  • May 7: Troops kill two students south of Yemeni capital (read).
  • May 6: Saleh 'resists' as thousands rally in  Yemen - GCC-brokered exit deal on hold (read).
  • April 30: Yemen's Saleh reportedly refuses to sign exit deal (read); Massive rally in Yemen urges Saleh to go (read).
  • April 27: Gunmen kill 10 protesters in Yemen (read); Residents in at least 18 cities launched a civil disobedience campaign protesting a plan which would give Ali Abdullah Saleh a month-long window to resign (read).
  • April 16: Yemeni women irate at remarks by president - vow to continue protests (read).
  • April 12: Yemen violence claims the lives of 7 more protesters (read).
  • April 10: UNICEF: 24 children have been killed and another 638 wounded in Yemen (read).
  • April 9: Security forces open fire on protesters in Yemen - at least 1 killed (read).
  • April 6: International pressure mounts on Yemen leader (read).
  • April 4: Violence intensifies in Yemen protests - at least 14 killed (read).
  • April 3: U.S. now seeks removal of Yemeni president: report (read).
  • (AFP - Getty Images)
  • Mar 28:  WikiLeaks: Yemen's president tried to get Saudis to kill rival (read).
  • Mar 24: Yemen shuts down Al Jazeera (read) .
  • Mar 22: Saudis prepare to abandon  Yemen's Saleh (read) .
  • Mar 21: Top army commanders defect in Yemen - troops and tanks deployed in Sanaa to protect anti-government protesters as senior military officials back uprising (read) .
  • Mar 18: Bloodbath in Yemen: 52 protesters killed (read).
  • Anti-government rallies hit Yemen.   Tens of thousands of people, inspired by events in Tunisia, protest in Sanaa to demand President Saleh's resignation. (read)
  • Arrest of female activist, Yemen arrest of female journalist, Tunisian uprisingTunisian uprising spark protests calling for regime change in Yemen (read)STORY FOLLOW UP:  Yemeni rights activist Tawakkol Karman, whose arrest sparked an international outcry and domestic protests, was released from prison Monday and said there is a revolution taking place in her country.  "This revolution going on in Yemen was inspired by Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution' and we are now having a 'Jasmine Revolution' in Yemen" ( read).
  • Students, activists stage rival demonstrations at Yemeni university. One of the banners read, "If you are threatening that Yemen could be another Somalia, we're threatening that Yemen could be another Tunisia." (read).
  • About 1,000 students marched through the streets of the Yemeni capital urging Arabs to rise up against their leaders in the wake of Tunisian strongman Ben Ali's ouster (read).
  • CBS News: Yemen, America's Uneasy Ally in War on Terror (read).
  • At least 13 southern activists arrested in Yemen. The gathering was called in protest at the death of a woman who was run over by a police vehicle in the city during a demonstration to demand the release of militants (read).
  • Yemen rejects US demand to delay constitutional amendments (read).
December 2010
  • Yemeni Government Frees Shiite Rebels Under New Peace Deal (read).
  • Americans who escaped vehicle attack work for CIA (read).
  • WikiLeaks: The U.S. was shipping arms to Saudi Arabia for use in northern Yemen even as it denied any role in the conflict (read).
  • Bell Helicopter, Yemen sign chopper deal (read). (Comment: This is another reason the U.S. is in Yemen -- it opens up markets for U.S. arms dealers, many of whom are former politicians and govt. employees.)
  • Yemen loses in soccer but scores a PR victory (read).
  • US airport security program to launch in Yemen (read).
November 2010
  • Yemeni president Saleh admits covering up U.S. military strikes by claiming they are carried out by Yemeni forces.  "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours," Saleh said in January talks with General David Petraeus (read).
  • Group blames U.S. and Israeli intelligence for car-bomb blast that killed 24 and injured others in northeastern Yemen - says Al-Qaeda is a cover for U.S. attacks (read).
  • Yemen spends nearly $1 billion to prepare for The Gulf Cup, a biannual soccer tournament for Arab Gulf countries (read).
  • The UN refugee agency warned of an "alarming escalation" in fighting in northern Yemen close to the border with Saudi Arabia - at least 20 killed in past 10 days (read).
  • US deploys Predator drones in Yemen: report (read).
  • US-Yemeni cleric calls for killing of Americans - “There is a US/Israeli struggle on one side and an Iranian on the other to impose their control on Sunni areas” in Yemen (read).
  • Yemeni PM says al-Qaeda in Yemen "Western made" (read).
  • Most Yemenis see al-Qaeda presence as 'myth' (read).
  • U.S. Covert War Provokes Terrorism in Yemen (read).
  • U.S. Considers Sending Hunter-Killer Teams to Yemen (read).
October 2010
  • Cargo plane bomb plot: the 22-year-old female student from Yemen who was arrested has been released; her lawyer says she was tricked into plot (read).
  • Yemen: there are only about 400 'al Qaeda' in country (read).
  • Eric Margolis discusses the situation in Yemen in the context of Somalia, West Africa, Iran, Central Asia and Saudi Arabia (listen).
  • Drones spur Yemenis' distrust of its government and the U.S. (read).
September 2010
  • Obama, in letter to Yemen, stresses U.S. support (read).
  • Pentagon to funnel arms to Yemen (read).
August 2010
  • U.S. mulls escalating drone attacks in Yemen (read).
  • NY Times: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents (read).
July 2010
  • Cleric: Yemen to be Obama's yoke (read).
May 2010
  • Yemen's government has announced it will not extradite Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born cleric who is blamed for inspiring the recent wave of anti-American plots by supposed al Qaeda recruits (read).
April 2010
  • The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.  Mr. Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico and spent years in the U.S. as an imam, is reportedly in hiding in Yemen (read).
March 2010
  • UN: Millions face starvation in Yemen - has the world’s third highest rate of malnutrition (read).
February 2010
  • Defense secretary Robert Gates backs big boost in U.S. military aid to Yemen (read).
January 2010
  • Pentagon to Send More Special Forces Troops to Yemen (read).
  • U.S. seeks backing from European partners in Yemen (read).
  • Dozens Killed as Fighting in Yemeni North Resumes (read).
  • Obama Plays Down Role in Yemen - “no intention of sending U.S. boots on the ground”.  "The threats that we face ... are networks that are connecting over cyberspace.” (read).
  • U.S. forges alliance with Saddam Hussein officers in Yemen.  Yemeni president was a strong ally of Saddam, and is said to have regarded him as his mentor (read).
  • Hillary Clinton says Yemen instability a threat to global security (read).
  • Obama announced that the U.S. will halt all transfers of Guantanamo detainees to Yemen (read).
  • Yemen likely to be new front in global fight against terror (read).
  • Yemen dismisses Al Qaeda threat as 'exaggerated' - but the U.S. and Britain close their embassies in the Yemeni capital  (read).
WHY HAS THE U.S. BEEN ATTACKING INSIDE YEMEN SINCE 2009?

The U.S. claims it's dropping bombs on Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen in a counter-terrorism effort. More believable reasons for the attacks include:
  • To establish a military presence, including bases in Yemen (read). With the fall of U.S. supported dictators in Tunisia and Egypt this has become even more important.
  • Because of where it's located, Yemen is key for expansion of U.S. influence in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and North Africa.
  • The Bab al-Mandab gateway off Yemen's coast (one of the world's busiest sea lanes), through which more than 3 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia, could be at risk if the U.S. doesn't have the support of the Yemeni government. (Note: 96% of Yemenis disapprove of their government's cooperation with the U.S. - read)
  • Somalia, where the U.S. is military engaged, and Djibouti, where the U.S. has a military base, are just across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen.
  • To assist Saudi Arabia's ongoing border war with North Yemenis.
  • There have been recent oil discoveries in Yemen (read).
Yemen
Yemen's capital city of Sana’a is believed to have been founded by Sham, the son of Noah.  Yemen is also believed to be the origin of perfume as well as the Queen of Sheba

OVERVIEW OF INITIAL U.S. ATTACKS IN YEMEN

On December 17, 2009, Barack Obama ordered airstrikes on the Middle Eastern country of Yemen (read) , killing 63 civilians, 28 of whom were children (read).   Amnesty International reports that a U.S. cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind the attack (read).

Eight days later, on Christmas day, the "underwear bomber", who reportedly received training in Yemen, was accused of attempting to blow up an airplane headed to Detroit.  Obama quickly seized the opportunity to label Yemen as a terrorist hotbed, vowing action against "those who threaten our homeland" (read).

On September 20, 2010, Obama sent a letter to the president of Yemen declaring the United States' unwavering support for the country's government whose undemocratic and repressive tactics have stoked an internal rebellion (read).  Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, is now facing a humanitarian crisis amidst the escalating, U.S.-supported violence, and according to the UN, has the world's third highest rate of malnutrition (read).

On October 29, 2010, just days before mid-term elections in the U.S., a cargo plane bomb plot allegedly originating in Yemen was foiled before the bombs reached their final destination of synagogues in Chicago.  The incident appears to have solidified bi-partisan and media support for further military and covert CIA action in Yemen (read).

In November, 2010, the U.S. announced it is preparing for an expanded campaign and is pursuing the construction of new military bases in Yemen (read).

In June, 2011, in the midst of the Yemen revolution, the U.S. intensified its covert, airstrike war in Yemen, thus exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country (read).


WHAT DO YEMENIS THINK OF AL-QAEDA AND THE U.S.?

A highly respected survey was recently conducted in Yemen showing that 86% of Yemenis have an unfavorable opinion of Al Qaeda.  This counters the myth currently being perpetuated by the U.S. government and media, namely that Al Qaeda could take over Yemen if Ali Abdullah Saleh is ousted from power.  Not surprisingly, the survey also showed that 96% of Yemenis disapprove of their government's cooperation with the U.S. (read survey).


MORE BACKGROUND INFO
  • Oct. 7, 2008: Yemen arrests a group of alleged Islamist militants linked to Israeli intelligence.  The arrests were connected with an attack on the U.S. embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa which killed at least 18 people (read).
  • Dec. 13, 2009: U.S. sent special forces to Yemen to train its army (read).
  • Dec. 27, 2009: Sen. Joe Lieberman:  "we have a growing presence (in Yemen)... Special Operations, Green Berets, intelligence... If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war." (1, 2).
  • Dec. 27, 2009: U.S. bombs Sa'ada governor's house, Houthis say (read).
  • Dec. 28, 2009: Obama vows 'accelerated offensive' in Yemen (read).
  • Dec. 29, 2009: U.S., Yemen reviewing targets for possible strike. "al Qaeda in Yemen" said to claim responsibility for Detroit incident (read).   NOTE: Media reports later changed the claim of responsibility from "al Qaeda in Yemen" to "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula".






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