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Regional Briefs: Iraq, UAE, Israel, Yemen, Somalia

Iraq An adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said the recently defected Syrian Ambassador to Iraq made a confession of complicity in regards to several attacks launched by Al-Qaeda within Iraq some years ago, according to the BBC. The former Syrian Ambassador, Nawaf Fares, told media sources that his government had formed an …

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    Syria: BRUSSELS (AP) — Members of Syrian opposition groups met in a conference in Belgium on Sunday to discuss their political differences and Syria’s democratic transition. Groups discussed whether the Syrian opposition should request foreign military intervention and whether the groups should begin negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. According to activists more …

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Yemeni says 18 militants killed in Al-Qaeda-held area

By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Firouz Sedarat / Reuters ADEN: Yemeni troops have made advances in an offensive against Al-Qaeda-linked militants near the southern city of Zinjibar, killing 18 insurgents, the Defense Ministry said on Friday. It said on its website that the militants were pushed back on Thursday from several positions near Zinjibar, capital of …

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‘US drone strike’ kills 5 Qaeda militants in Yemen

By AFP ADEN: A suspected US drone strike in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province has killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, a local government official said on Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said a “US drone” targeted the five men late on Monday in Shabwa, a mostly lawless region of Yemen where the extremist group …

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Yemen army clashes with Islamists, 34 killed

By Reuters ADEN: At least 34 people, mostly Islamist militants, were killed near the southern Yemeni city of Lawdar on Friday in clashes between government forces and an Al-Qaeda linked group, official and tribal sources said. Yemen’s military launched an offensive five days ago against Islamic insurgents who attacked a military camp outside Lawdar. The …

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Yemen: Fighting in south kills 50 militants

By Ahmed Al-Haj / AP SANAA: Yemeni artillery and military aircraft backing pro-government tribesmen have pounded Al-Qaeda fighters trying to battle their way into a strategic town in the country’s south, while a suspected US airstrike killed at least 12 militants, officials said. The fighting near the town of Lawder started over the weekend when …

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Yemen army kills 25 militants in fresh clashes: officials

By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Isabel Coles / Reuters ADEN: At least 25 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants were killed on Wednesday in a third day of fighting with Yemeni troops in the south of the country, residents and local officials said. Officials said the clashes took place at Jebel Yasuf, some 10 km (6 miles) from the …

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Islamist attack on Yemen army checkpoint kills 13

By Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters SANAA: At least eight Yemeni soldiers and five militants were killed when Islamist gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in the central Maarib province on Tuesday, a local official said. In the southern city of Lawdar, where 57 people were killed on Monday in clashes between government forces and fighters from al …

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Al-Qaeda says it killed American teacher in Yemen

By Ahmed Al-Haj / AP SANAA: Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch said Thursday that it killed an American teacher because he was trying to spread Christianity in the mainly Muslim Arab nation. Joel Shrum, a 29-year-old native of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, was gunned down on Sunday in the central city of Taiz, where he had been living with …

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Qaeda suspects kidnap Swiss woman: Yemeni officials

By AFP ADEN: Suspected Al-Qaeda militants have kidnapped a Swiss woman and are holding her in the southeastern province of Shabwa, a provincial chief and a security official told AFP on Friday. “A Swiss woman was abducted in Hodeida (on the Red Sea coast) by armed men who moved her to Shabwa province,” the official …

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Ousted leader undermining Al-Qaeda fight, say Yemenis

By Ahmed Al-Haj and Aya Batrawy / AP SANAA: It was a stunning attack by Al-Qaeda in a country that is one of the world’s hottest fronts against the terror group. Insurgents rampaged through an army camp in southern Yemen before dawn, catching soldiers asleep and killing more than 180. Amid the turmoil, the defense …

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Two killed in Yemen bomb plot, Somali militants caught

By Mohammed Mukhashaf, Mohammed Ghobari and Nour Merza / Reuters ADEN: Two men were killed in southern Yemen when a bomb they planned to use in an attack on government forces exploded accidentally late on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. “The bodies of the two were ripped apart in the explosion, which happened …

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9 Yemen soldiers killed in Qaeda assault on army post

By AFP ADEN: Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday tried to overrun an army post in Yemen’s restive Abyan province, sparking a fierce firefight in which nine soldiers were killed and several captured, medics and officials said. The firefight in Kud district of Abyan also left six soldiers wounded, a medic said. “The hospital has received the …

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Yemen’s Saleh formally steps down after 33 years

By AFP SANAA: Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down after 33 years at the helm on Tuesday at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Sanaa, formally handing power to his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. “I hand over the banner of the revolution, of the republic, of freedom, of security and of stability… to safe …

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Oxfam rings alarm bell on hunger in Yemen

SANAA: One in every three Yemenis goes hungry every day because of months of political stalemate that has pushed the economy to the verge of collapse and the government towards total paralysis, Oxfam said on Monday. "Widespread hunger and chronic malnutrition have taken hold in Yemen," the international charity said in a report on the …

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