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July 22, 2016

Three suicide bombings in Yemen kill security personnel

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Friday, July 22, 2016

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On Wednesday, in Aden, Yemen, a suicide bomber killed by varying reports from three to five policemen and injured as many as six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier at Mukalla, Yemen, as many as ten people were reported killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. A local al-Qaeda group claimed responsibility for that attack. Various statements from officials said fifteen to eighteen soldiers were injured, five critically.

The Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebel group announced on Tuesday they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the incidents on Monday. al-Qaeda identified Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and west in al-Ghaber. Previously, Mukalla was a stronghold of group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Yemen’s Hadramaout province. AQAP controlled the city for a year. Yemen faced attacks from Houthis in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati military forces.

While this has gone on, al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant groups have attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, suicide bombers claimed by ISIL killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, over 6,400 people reportedly were killed in fighting in the country. The civil war began in 2014, and has included competition between al Qaeda and ISIL. The fighting reportedly has displaced more than 2.5 million civilians.



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July 20, 2016

Car bombings in Yemen kill nine policemen

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On Wednesday, in Yemen‘s city of Mukalla, a suicide bomber killed five policemen and injured six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier, at least nine people were killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for that attack. An army statement said eighteen soldiers were injured and at least five were in critical condition.

The Houthi rebel group announced they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the explosion on Monday. Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani were identified as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and western part in al-Ghaber. Previously, that area was a stronghold of al Qaeda’s group called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Hadramaout province. AQAP has controlled the city for more than a year. Yemen faced attacks from the rebel groups of Iran’s Shia Houthi in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati army which conducted air attacks.

Due to this disturbance, militant groups of al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, ISIL’s suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, more than 6,400 people were killed in there country. Yemeni Civil War begun in 2014 but it has sided al Qaeda and ISIL. Due to their attacks, more than 2.8 million civilians had to fled the location.



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Three suicide bombings in Yemen kill at least a dozen security personnel

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On Wednesday, in Aden, Yemen, a suicide bomber killed by varying reports from three to five policemen and injured as many as six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier at Mukalla, Yemen, at least nine people were killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. A local al-Qaeda group has claimed responsibility for that attack. An army statement said eighteen soldiers were injured and at least five were in critical condition.

The Houthi rebel group announced they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the incidents on Monday. al-Qaeda identified Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and west in al-Ghaber. Previously, Mukalla was a stronghold of group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Yemen’s Hadramaout province. AQAP controlled the city for a year. Yemen faced attacks from the rebel groups of Iran’s Shia Houthi in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati army which conducted air attacks.

Due to this disturbance, militant groups of al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, ISIL’s suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, more than 6,400 people were killed in there country. Yemeni Civil War begun in 2014 but it has sided al Qaeda and ISIL. Due to their attacks, more than 2.8 million civilians had to fled the location.



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July 18, 2016

Car bombings in Yemen kills nine policemen

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May 15, 2016

Islamic State claims attack which killed 25 police recruits in Yemen

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Yemeni officials said a suicide bombing today killed at least 25 police recruits in the city of Mukalla, Yemen. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The attack took place where the recruits were queuing outside a police base. Security forces stated Mubarak al-Awthaban, the city’s security director, was nearby in an office but survived the attack.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through Amaq, their online news agency. They stated the attacker was a “martyrdom-seeker” who used an explosive belt. They also claimed at least 40 people had been killed.

This is the second recent attack in Mukalla, following the expulsion of their rivals al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in a campaign by forces from Yemen and a Saudi led coalition. AQAP had taken the city during Yemen’s recent civil war, during which time they were able to take control over much of the country’s south coast.



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December 7, 2015

ISIS claims responsibility after car bombing kills Yemen government official

ISIS claims responsibility after car bombing kills Yemen government official

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On Sunday, Aden, Yemen governor Jaafar Mohammed Saad and at least six others died in a car bomb attack on their convoy in the city of Aden. Militant group ISIS has claimed responsibility online in a statement that called Saad a “tyrant”.

An online post purportedly from the group claimed they detonated a bomb hidden in a parked car near Saad’s convoy as it passed by. The group shared photos of what appeared to be a car with a hidden bomb inside it, as well as Saad’s white van.

The explosion caused by the attack was heard and seen from far away, and medics say it left the victims’ bodies unrecognizable. Photos supposedly of the attack showed a burning, wrecked car. The victims were sent to the nearby Jumhoriya Hospital.

In an online statement, the group threatened to “chop off” the “rotten heads” of Yemen’s “infidels”. ISIS said more attacks are coming.

A recent civil war gave militants an opportunity to expand their territories. The Tawahi district of Aden is well known for harboring extremists.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who follow Shia Islam, have taken over Yemen’s capital of Sanaa. President in exile Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government is now operating in Saudi Arabia, which has led a coalition involving air strikes against the rebels.

ISIS-claimed bombings have claimed around 159 lives in Yemen this year. As Saudi Arabia’s pro-Hadi air strikes began in March, at least 5,700 people have been killed, said the United Nations.



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October 18, 2015

ISIS militant shoots, kills five at Saudi Arabia Shia mosque

ISIS militant shoots, kills five at Saudi Arabia Shia mosque

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A gunman from a previously unknown branch of the extremist Islamist militant group ISIS calling itself the “Bahrain Province” has killed five people at a Shia muslim mosque in Saihat, Saudi Arabia, during an Islamic observance preceding the Islamic Holy Day of Ashura.

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The gunman, who ISIS has identified as a “soldier of the caliphate, Shuja al-Dosari”, approached the mosque in a taxi before volunteers stopped him at a checkpoint, according to a witness who contacted Reuters by phone. The gunman then opened fire indiscriminately, before police arrived and fatally shot him in a firefight that also injured nine other people.

ISIS follows a radical version of Sunni Islam which regards Shias as “apostates“. The “Bahrain Province” branch of ISIS said online that the gunman “set his Kalashnikov upon one of the apostate polytheists’ temples,” and also warned that Shia Muslims, whom they call infdels, “will not be safe in the island of Mohammed.”

Most citizens, as well as the government officials, of Saudi Arabia follow Sunni Islam, and Shias are a minority except in the eastern area of Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich Middle Eastern kingdom—where, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of State in 2013, the Shia minority is being discriminated against through restrictions on public celebrations and other such government-imposed measures —is currently leading a coalition against Shia rebels in Yemen.

This attack came after an August suicide bombing killed 15 people in a Shia mosque.



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April 11, 2015

Foreigners evacuated from Yemen by India

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India’s Ministry of External affairs yesterday announced the end of an evacuation effort which has rescued about 5,600 people from more than 40 countries from the conflict in Yemen.

To avoid a no-fly zone over parts of Yemen, India transported people via the African state of Djibouti. This was achieved using ships of the Indian Navy as transport from Aden across the Bab-el-Mandeb strait to Djibouti, and Air India planes flying from Sanaa to Djibouti, and from there onward to India.

4,600 of those evacuated in this way were Indian, with citizens of Western countries rescued, including Britain, France, and the United States among others. Three Pakistanis were also amongst those rescued by the Indian effort. The Pakistani navy rescued eleven Indians, for which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a vote of thanks.

Along with ending the evacuation, India also announced the closing of its embassy in Sanaa. Saudi Arabia has begun air strikes in the area against the Houthi rebels who have taken control of the city, in apparent support of previous President Ali Abdullah Saleh.



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March 21, 2015

Suicide bombers attack mosques in Sanaa, Yemen

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Two mosques in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, were attacked by suicide bombers yesterday, killing over 100 and injuring over 250 more.

The attacks targeted mosques used by supporters of the Houthi rebel movement, who reportedly support former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and now control Sanaa. The elected president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has moved to Aden, to the south.

Muslim militant group Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Twitter accounts known to be connected to the group. Islamic State are known to have set up a base in Yemen last November, but are not known to have previously carried out an attack there. A White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, stated that the group’s claim of responsibility cannot be confirmed, and raised the possibility the claim could be propaganda.

al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, centered in Yemen, denied responsibility, highlighting their leader has declared mosques and markets off-limits for attack. Yemeni Political adviser Mohamed Qubaty attributed the attacks to supporters of Saleh. Qubaty called the attacks “a plot to widen the schism between the Sunnis and Zaydis“. Zaydi refers to the branch of Islam followed by the Houthis.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks and called for hostilities to cease, urging restraint.



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March 13, 2014

Guantanamo inmate challenges force-feeding practices by suing U.S. president

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Guantánamo Bay detention camp inmate Emad Hassan has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against U.S. President Barack Obama, named as chief defendant, regarding alleged U.S. military practices in force-feeding prisoners during their hunger strikes.

Hassan is a Yemeni national who was captured in 2002 and has been in the military prison for almost 12 years without charge. He has been on a hunger strike since 2007, and is still held in Guantánamo Bay although approved for a 2009 release.

The techniques used to force feed prisoners on hunger strikes involve methods deemed illegal by a report of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The prisoners’ allegations include their captors using water torture techniques and inserting large nose tubes to deliver food. Strapping down and feeding laxatives to detainees, while force-feeding, is also alleged.

The bid is the first of its kind to proceed and follows a decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals last month allowing federal judges to rule on Guantánamo force-feeding cases.

The Department of Defense is responsible for the welfare and security of inmates in the prison according to White House officials. Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden for the White House National Security Council told al-Jazeera: “The Department of Defense has responsibility for the health, welfare and humane treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, and I would refer you to them for further questions about the specifics of their policies and procedures”.

President Obama has previously vowed to close Guantanamo Bay.



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