Yemen

Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

UN imposes arms embargo on rebels as Yemen slaughter continues

By Niles Williamson, 15 April 2015

While the US has provided intelligence and logistical support to the Saudi coalition from the onset of the assault, it has been gradually increasing its involvement in the conflict.

Yemen slaughter escalates as regional powers exchange threats

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2015

US-backed and Saudi-led military forces bombarding Yemen “will soon take action on the ground,” a Saudi commander vowed this weekend.

Obama’s criminal war against Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2015

Washington is arming and directing a war by Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies against the poorest country in the Middle East.

US-backed assault creating humanitarian disaster in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 8 April 2015

The US-supported, Saudi-led bombardment has killed and maimed more than 100 children.

Preparing ground invasion of Yemen, Saudi military to raze some 100 border towns

By Thomas Gaist, 7 April 2015

Even before a ground campaign, the US-backed Saudi-led war against Yemen has produced hundreds of civilian casualties and growing social breakdown.

Saudi-led air war in Yemen enters second week

By Niles Williamson, 3 April 2015

Despite a week of US-backed air strikes by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, Shiite rebels seized control of a significant section of the southern port city of Aden.

Dozens killed in airstrike on dairy factory in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2015

Armed and supported by US imperialism, the coalition of Middle Eastern dictatorships headed by Saudi Arabia is bombing targets throughout Yemen.

UN warns of collapse in Yemen amid Saudi-led assault

By Niles Williamson, 1 April 2015

As the US-backed air war entered its sixth day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an end to the fighting.

Dozens of refugees killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 31 March 2015

Now in its sixth day, the Saudi-led, US-backed assault claimed the lives of at least forty people at a refugee camp in northern Yemen on Monday.

Turkish government supports Saudi-led coalition’s attacks on Yemen

By Halil Celik, 31 March 2015

In supporting Saudi-led strikes in Yemen and taking a tougher line against Iran, Ankara is reconciling itself to the interests of US imperialism and Saudi Arabia.

Arab League agrees to formation of regional army as Yemen assault expands

By Niles Williamson, 30 March 2015

Amidst an escalating Saudi-led, US-backed air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Arab League announced plans to establish a regional military force.

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

By Niles Williamson, 28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

US backs Saudi airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 26 March 2015

In addition to airstrikes on Houthi positions, Saudi Arabia has positioned heavy artillery on its southern border amid reports that Yemeni President Hadi has fled the advance of the rebels.

Houthi militia takes over Taiz as Yemen descends into civil war

By Niles Williamson, 23 March 2015

American imperialism bears the ultimate responsibility for the chaos that is now engulfing the impoverished Arab country, which is positioned next to a major oil transportation juncture.

Suicide bombings kill more than one hundred in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 21 March 2015

Amid an intensifying civil war, the Yemeni branch of ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks on two mosques in Sanaa.

US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 14 February 2015

Comments from the top UN official and US politicians suggest that escalated military intervention in Yemen is imminent.

US closes diplomatic facilities in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 12 February 2015

US Special Forces operations and drone strikes will continue despite the closure of the American embassy, according to statements from the Pentagon.

Shia insurgents disband US-backed Yemeni government

By Thomas Gaist, 10 February 2015

The Obama administration is currently considering means to maintain its control over the country, including by working with the Houthis or launching military operations.

Twelve-year-old boy among three people killed

US resumes drone strikes in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2015

The strike comes amid mounting indications that the US is preparing military escalations in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and numerous other countries.

After Yemeni regime’s collapse, calls mount for US military escalation across Middle East and Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 24 January 2015

The collapse of Hadi’s regime represents another major debacle for US imperialism in the Middle East.

Yemeni president resigns as Houthi insurgents consolidate control over capital

By Thomas Gaist, 23 January 2015

Hadi’s resignation marks a major defeat for US-Saudi efforts to counter the accelerating breakdown of Yemen’s political order.

Houthi insurgents seize Yemen’s presidential palace

By Thomas Gaist, 22 January 2015

The seizure of government buildings in central Sanaa by Shia militants represents another debacle for US imperialism.

Yemen moving towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2015

Escalating protests and attacks are largely the outcome of the intervention of the American and Saudi governments

US blocked negotiations for hostages killed in Yemen raid

By Niles Williamson, 13 December 2014

The US government stymied attempts to ransom British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who were both killed last weekend.

Botched US rescue operation in Yemen ends in deaths of two hostages

By Niles Williamson, 9 December 2014

A failed raid by US Navy Seals in southern Yemen Saturday resulted in the deaths of British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie.

Shia insurgency sets stage for expanded US military intervention in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 29 September 2014

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Sanaa amid an ongoing occupation of Yemen’s capital city by Houthi rebels.

New Zealand, Australian governments complicit in US drone attacks

By John Braddock, 24 May 2014

Both New Zealand and Australia, through signal intercepts and spy activities, are directly involved with the US assassination program.

Australian, New Zealand citizens killed by US drone strike in Yemen

By Tom Peters, 17 April 2014

Canberra and Wellington both indicated their approval for the extra-judicial assassinations, setting a dangerous new precedent for attacking legal and democratic rights.

US drone strike in Yemen kills 15

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2013

The latest civilian deaths underscore the indiscriminate and illegal character of US drone strikes.

US continues drone war against Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2013

Reports continue to emerge that the US is preparing Special Forces detachments for operations in Yemen.

US launches more strikes against Yemen, expands terror alert to Pakistan

By Thomas Gaist, 10 August 2013

US drones have been attacking targets in Yemen almost every day since intensified operations began on July 27.

US launches new drone strikes against Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 8 August 2013

Under the cover of the global terror alert, the US is stepping up drone strikes against Yemen as a part of a wider intensification of military action in the Middle East.

US officials cite deadly drone strike in Yemen to defend NSA spying operations

By Thomas Gaist, 7 August 2013

In an editorial published Tuesday, the New York Times gave its stamp of approval to the terror scare, calling the decision to launch a global terror alert “reasonable” and “difficult to quarrel with.”

US steps up military operations in Yemen

By Niall Green, 10 September 2012

The Obama administration is intensifying its bloody campaign in the impoverished Middle Eastern country of Yemen.

US expands military intervention into Yemen

By Will Morrow, 4 July 2012

What is being presented as an offensive against the local Al Qaeda affiliate is in reality an intervention to prop up the widely despised Yemeni regime.

US drone strikes kill civilians in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2012

Missile strikes by US drones claimed the lives of at least a dozen civilians in Yemen’s southern Abyan province Tuesday.

US steps up drone war in Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2012

Dozens have been killed by US drone-fired missiles in Yemen, in addition to the hundreds slaughtered in Pakistan.

Yemeni president announces cosmetic changes to military

By Will Morrow, 25 April 2012

The reshuffle leaves the military hierarchy intact and relatives of former President Saleh in charge of key sections of the security apparatus.

CIA seeks to widen assassination campaign in Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2012

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the proposal for expanded killing authority was being discussed in the Obama White House.

Yemen: US-brokered presidential elections held with single candidate

By Will Morrow, 25 February 2012

The current vice president was the only candidate in Tuesday’s presidential elections, which are part of a US-brokered deal that maintains the existing regime.

Yemen’s “unity” cabinet provides immunity for Saleh regime

By Will Morrow, 21 January 2012

The US-backed legislation provides legal immunity to Saleh and all those who worked under him, including the security forces that have killed hundreds of protesters since January 2011.

Yemen “unity” government shaken by mass protests

By Will Morrow, 31 December 2011

The Yemeni political establishment, working closely with Washington, is attempting to put an end to continuing protests against the recent US-backed power-sharing agreement.

Yemen to install “national unity” government

By Will Morrow, 2 December 2011

Far from opening up a new era of democracy, the government’s first task is to put an end to the months of protests against the autocratic Yemeni regime, by force if necessary.

Yemeni president signs deal to step down

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2011

The GCC agreement is a cynical arrangement patched together by the government and the opposition parties under Washington’s tutelage in a bid to end protests demanding an end to the pro-US regime.

Yemen regime massacres dozens as Saleh considers immunity deal

By Will Morrow, 22 October 2011

There is a stark contrast between the imperialist powers’ attitude to the repressive measures utilised by the government in Yemen and those of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Obama administration asserts right to assassinate Americans

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2011

A memorandum drafted last year spells out the claim that the president can authorize a killing regardless of legal and constitutional prohibitions.

Obama boasts of assassinating American citizen in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2011

In a speech before a military audience Friday, President Obama boasted of the role of the CIA and US special operations units in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born Muslim cleric and US citizen.

Yemen edges closer to civil war

By Will Morrow, 28 September 2011

Saleh’s refusal to step down can only further inflame political tensions and the fighting in Yemen that is threatening to plunge the country into war.

Yemen edges closer to civil war

By Will Morrow, 28 September 2011

Saleh’s refusal to step down can only further inflame political tensions and the fighting in Yemen that is threatening to plunge the country into war.

Tensions escalate as Yemen’s president returns

By Will Morrow and Peter Symonds, 24 September 2011

The arrival of President Saleh will only inflame the conflict between his regime and opposition protesters.

Saleh urged to resign as Yemeni regime kills more protesters

By Will Morrow, 21 September 2011

A three-day crackdown by security forces has left 80 people dead in Yemen’s capital after demonstrators moved from Change Square toward the centre of the city on Sunday.

Yemeni government cracks down on opposition protesters

By Will Morrow, 19 September 2011

Yemeni security forces fired on demonstrators in Sana’a, killing at least 26 people and wounding hundreds.

Yemeni political crisis set to escalate

By Will Morrow and Peter Symonds, 25 August 2011

The government and opposition groups are preparing for confrontation after President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced that he would return to the country.

US strives to engineer post-Saleh regime in Yemen

By Niall Green, 29 June 2011

As fighting continues in Yemen, with US warplanes and drones striking targets inside the country, Washington is working to form a pliant regime in the country.

US steps up air strikes as conflict deepens in Yemen

By Niall Green, 17 June 2011

As heavy fighting between the government and opposition militants continued in Yemen, the US carried out further air strikes in the south of the country.

Yemen: US continues military campaign as talks fail

By Niall Green, 13 June 2011

Talks between the government of Yemen and opposition parties broke down on Sunday amid ongoing deadly clashes across the country and a campaign of aerial bombardment by US forces.

Washington exploits uprising to escalate secret war in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 June 2011

The Obama administration has seized upon the popular upheavals in Yemen to step up bombings and missile attacks against alleged al-Qaeda militants, effectively opening up yet another war in the region.

Imperialist powers step up intervention in Yemen

By Niall Green, 8 June 2011

As fighting between pro- and anti-government forces continues in Yemen, the major powers are maneuvering to secure their interests in the strategically vital country.

President of Yemen flees to Saudi Arabia

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2011

Mystery still surrounds the Friday morning explosion at the presidential compound that killed 11 bodyguards and seriously wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a dozen other top government officials.

Yemen fighting wounds president and prime minister

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2011

Rockets fired by an anti-government militia struck the presidential compound, killing at least seven people, and wounding President Ali Abdullah Saleh and many other top government officials.

Heavy fighting in capital of Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2011

Heavy fighting between anti-government rebels and forces loyal to president Ali Abdullah Saleh raged through Wednesday night and into Thursday in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. Dozens of people were believed killed, many of them civilians caught in the crossfire between tribal militiamen and various factions of army troops.

Yemeni regime kills dozens in Taiz and Sana’a, bombs southern city

By David Walsh, 1 June 2011

The embattled regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen stepped up its campaign of repression Monday and Tuesday, resulting in the deaths of dozens of protesters and civilians.

Death toll soars in fighting in Yemeni capital

By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2011

More than 100 people have been killed in four days by fighting between anti-government militiamen and forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Gun battles erupt in Yemeni capital after Saleh refuses to step down

By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2011

At least 18 people were killed and many more wounded in gun battles that erupted Monday in the Yemeni capital after the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh reneged on a deal to step down.

Yemen security forces kill dozens more protesters

By David Walsh, 13 May 2011

Yemeni security forces violently attacked anti-government demonstrators Wednesday and Thursday in numerous cities around the impoverished Middle Eastern country.

Yemen president torpedoes agreement to leave office

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2011

President Ali Abdullah Saleh reneged on an agreement to step down after 32 years in power.

New effort to force Yemeni president from office

By Niall Green, 25 April 2011

Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has reportedly accepted a deal to leave office, handing over power to his deputy and a new coalition government.

More violent attacks on protesters in Yemen

By David Walsh, 19 April 2011

Security forces attacked tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators in Hudaida in south-central Yemen on Monday, reportedly wounding at least 88. Over the weekend, as many as a million Yemenis rallied against the government.

Mass protests continue in Yemen, as official opposition conspires with US, Gulf states

By David Walsh, 15 April 2011

Yemen witnessed massive protests April 13, some of the largest yet in the wave of anti-government demonstrations that began in mid-January.

US-backed regime in Yemen carries out new slaughter of protesters

By David Walsh, 5 April 2011

The Saleh regime in Yemen continues to enjoy the support of the Obama administration despite repeated massacres.

Protests, repression continue in Bahrain and Yemen

By Niall Green, 4 April 2011

Even as Washington and the European powers bomb Libya on supposed “humanitarian” grounds, the US-backed regimes in Yemen and Bahrain are continuing their brutal crackdown on protesters.

Yemen’s Saleh seeks deal with bourgeois opposition

By Niall Green, 28 March 2011

As protests continue across Yemen, President Saleh holds out for a deal with opposition figures. Meanwhile, in Bahrain, the monarchy continues its crackdown on demonstrators.

Yemen ruling elite fractures as uprising continues

By Niall Green, 23 March 2011

Senior figures in the Yemeni elite have moved against President Saleh, seeking to maintain their own wealth, power and relations to US imperialism.

Top Yemeni general calls for ouster of president

By Andre Damon, 22 March 2011

Five high-level generals in Yemen, including Ali Mohsen, the country’s top military figure, announced their support for the country’s opposition movement Monday, calling for the ouster of president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemeni forces massacre dozens of protesters

By Tom Eley, 19 March 2011

Yemeni security forces of the Salaa government, a close US ally in “the war on terror,” fired indiscriminately into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Friday, killing dozens and wounding hundreds.

Demonstrations, repression continue in Yemen

By Niall Green, 16 March 2011

Mass protests against the US-backed dictatorship in Yemen are growing, with the regime continuing to crack down on demonstrators.

Violent crackdown against mass demonstrations in Yemen

By Niall Green, 14 March 2011

The US-backed regime of President Saleh responded to an intensification of anti-government protests with deadly force, killing at least seven demonstrators and injuring hundreds more.

New mass protests against US-backed regimes in Egypt and Yemen

By David Walsh, 26 February 2011

Protests took place Friday in Egypt and Yemen, as masses of people press onward in an effort to rid themselves of brutal, tyrannical regimes.

Lethal crackdown in Bahrain is “Made in the US”

Further unrest in Yemen

By David Walsh, 18 February 2011

A savage attack by police on peaceful, sleeping demonstrators in the center of Bahrain’s capital Manama early Thursday morning left at least six dead, dozens wounded and 60 missing.

Protests continue in Bahrain and Yemen

By Andrea Peters, 16 February 2011

Anti-government protests are ongoing in Bahrain and Yemen, despite violence from riot police and regime supporters.

Mass protests spread in Middle East as Washington reassures Israel, Arab dictators

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2011

Inspired by the Egyptian people’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, protests continued to spread in the Middle East on Monday, as Washington scrambled to reassure Israel and pro-US regimes in the region of its continued support.

Thousands protest, clash with police in Yemen and Algeria

By David Walsh, 14 February 2011

Major protests took place in Yemen and Algeria over the weekend, as thousands took to the streets in rallies against government corruption, poverty and unemployment.

Tens of thousands rally in Yemeni capital

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2011

The bourgeois opposition parties are seeking to prevent an Egyptian-style political explosion.

Anti-government protests erupt in Yemen

By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2011

At least 16,000 and, according to some reports, many more protested in Yemen calling on Ali Abdullah Saleh, president for more than 30 years, to step down.

Obama prepares to expand military attacks in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2010

The Obama administration is preparing to escalate its intervention in Yemen, placing US military units under CIA control to facilitate intensified drone attacks and death squad killings.

Obama to escalate slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2010

With the opening of a new front in Yemen for the CIA’s drone “targeted killing” program, the Obama administration is expanding the role played by both the agency and US military Special Operations forces as a global Murder Incorporated.

Amid media blackout

Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber

By Alex Lantier, 3 February 2010

A hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security revealed that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, allowing him to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit.

Yemen: Toward another US quagmire

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2010

The Obama administration is now intervening into the seething social and political cauldron of Yemen in pursuit of Washington’s economic and strategic ambitions. In doing so, it will create another catastrophe for the Yemeni people and a quagmire for the American military.

US warns Yemen to be focus in “worldwide” war

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2010

Tensions mounted Monday in advance of a widely expected expansion of US military operations inside Yemen, with the US, British, French and other embassies either closing down entirely or sharply curtailing operations.

Obama administration prepares public opinion for attack on Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2009

Five days after the unsuccessful attempt by a Nigerian student to set off a bomb aboard a Detroit-bound passenger jet, US military and intelligence officials are said to be preparing expanded military action against targets in Yemen.

In wake of airline incident: Drumbeat for US war in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2009

In the wake of the abortive Christmas Day attempt to detonate a bomb on an American passenger plane, there has been an escalating drumbeat within the US political establishment and media for a wider US military intervention in Yemen.

Obama ordered US air strikes on Yemen

By Barry Grey, 21 December 2009

US President Barack Obama personally issued the order for US air strikes in Yemen last Thursday which killed scores of civilians, including women and children.

Saudi Arabia bombards Yemeni rebels in policing role for US imperialism

By Brian Smith, 20 November 2009

Saudi Arabia is now openly bombing Huthi rebel positions on either side of its border with Yemen in support of the Yemeni government’s “Operation Scorched Earth.” Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan said that his forces “are not going to stop the bombing until the Huthis retreat tens of kilometres inside their border.”

Yemen: Regional instability worsens as government pursues insurgents

By Brian Smith, 29 October 2009

Fierce fighting in the northern Yemen region of Saada between government forces and insurgents has unleashed a humanitarian crisis and threatens the stability of the country and wider region.

Comoros air crash raises issue of safety standards

By Peter Daniels, 6 July 2009

The June 30 crash of a Yemeni airliner in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa has focused attention on the issue of air safety, especially in poorer sections of the world.