Yemen

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How Britain Became Yemen of the West

Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph

Why ISIS Has Eric Holder Spooked

David Francis, The Fiscal Times

America Needs a Clear Drone Policy

Christian Science Monitor

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jiha...(full article)

On December 12, 2013, a drone struck and killed 12 members of a wedding party in Yemen. If the U.S., which claims the strike was clean and justified, didn’t pony up the $800,000 ...(full article)

When the Islamic State took western Iraq in a matter of days, President Obama downplayed the threat the insurgent group posed to the United States. “I think it’s important fo...(full article)

As the US again steps up drone attacks, the need for a clear policy on the use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent....(full article)

The rapid advance of jihadists throughout Iraq unnerves us. The goal of establishing a radical Islamist caliphate – providing a haven to thousands of violent individuals with a h...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Resurrecting the Jihad in Yemen - Almosawa & Johnsen, BuzzFeed

Although it is unclear to what degree Nahdi’s views on violent jihad have evolved over the past two decades, his new position — as a high-ranking security officer in Ye...

America's Epic Failure in Yemen - Almosawa & Dickey, The Daily Beast

At times, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, as it’s called, openly taunts the Hadi government and its American backers. On March 29, it released a video of hundreds...

CIA's Bro Culture Does Yemen No Favors - Jeb Boone, Vice

During my time covering Yemen’s 2011 youth uprising against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, it was more difficult to identify quality qat than to finger American spooks....

Bihani: Pacifist Yogi or al-Qaeda Threat? - Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald

Ghaleb al-Bihani is either a one-time, gun-toting cook from war-torn Afghanistan turned yoga-practicing pacifist inside Guantánamo’s communal prison blocks — or he is a traine...

Obama Will Never End the War on Terror - Hirsh & Oliphant, Nat'l Journal

The new term being used: "elongated imminence," which means that a president doesn't have to deem the country under immediate threat of attack before acting on his or her own....

Yemen's New Nightmare - The Daily Star

The acceleration of security incidents in Yemen should not come as a surprise, as such tension has been brewing for a long time now, but nonetheless, it should act as a stark warni...

Yemen Is the Surprise Story of the Arab Spring - The National

Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, Yemen seemed unlikely to make much political progress. Yemenis’ protest rallies in 2011 were overshadowed by the country’s deep underlying pro...

America's Bloody Messes in Yemen - Hooria Mashhour, Washington Post

December 12 was supposed to be a day of celebration for the al-Ameri family. A young bride traveled to her wedding with her relatives in Bayda province, Yemen. But in a few dark se...

A Year of Strife -- and Hope -- in the Mideast - The National

At the beginning of this year, many observers believed that this region had finally settled on a new path. The tumult of the Arab Spring had given way to a sense of destiny for som...

Is al-Qaeda Outdoing the U.S. on Truth Telling? - Peter Bergen, CNN

In a video message released on Sunday, a leader of al Qaeda in Yemen apologized for an attack on a hospital in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa earlier this month in which civilians wer...

U.S. Drones Doing More Harm than Good - The National

Over the course of the war in Afghanistan, several US airstrikes went awry, targeting Afghan wedding parties and killing civilians. Such attacks increased anger in the country agai...

Britain Up to Its Neck in U.S.'s Dirty Wars - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

The war on terror is now an endless campaign of drone and undercover killings that threatens a more dangerous world....

The New War on al-Qaeda - Bloomberg

Six months ago, President Barack Obama told the American people that the end of the U.S. war against al-Qaeda was approaching. Three months later, a threat from al-Qaeda’s Yemen ...

The Slow Death of American Defense - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The bottom may be starting to fall out of the U.S. defense budget. I do not refer to numbers when I say this. I am not interested in numbers. I am only interested in public support...

The Coming Water Wars - Gordon Chang, World Affairs Journal

Yesterday, nations went to war for land. Today, our conflicts involve energy. And tomorrow, Brahma Chellaney writes, the battles will be about water. The award-winning author belie...

The American War You Don't Hear About - Ryan Goodman, The Guardian

No act of government calls for greater debate and deliberation than the decision to commit the country to war. The recent civil war in Syria sparked a national conversation in the ...

Imagining a Remapped Middle East - Robin Wright, New York Times

The map of the modern Middle East, a political and economic pivot in the international order, is in tatters. Syria’s ruinous war is the turning point. But the centrifugal for...

Al-Qaeda's Strongest Weapon in Yemen: Drones - Joseph Cox, Vice

The U.S. is helping al-Qaeda in Yemen, it just doesn't know it....

How to Beat al-Qaeda in Yemen - Gregory Johnsen, Bloomberg

Drone strikes can be an effective weapon. And the administration’s reluctance to put boots on the ground is understandable. But while the Obama administration is unlikely to ...

The Secret Blueprint for al-Qaeda's Jihad - Rukmini Callimachi, AP

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) -- A year before he was caught on an intercept discussing the terror plot that prompted this week's sweeping closure of U.S. embassies abroad, al-Qaida's top op...

Obama's War by Wordplay - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Obama does not like this terror war. He particularly dislikes its unfortunate religious coloration, which is why Islamist is banished from his lexicon. But soothing words, soothing...

How al-Qaeda Won the Arab Spring - Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy

The failure of most of the Arab uprisings has therefore been an extraordinary gift to al Qaeda. It has restored the potency of the terror organization and its arguments, while the ...

Dealing with the McQaeda Franchise - Fareed Zakaria, Time

On the broader question of the state of al-Qaeda, there is room for debate. Al-Qaeda Central, the organization based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is battered and broke. But the ide...

Is Arab Chaos America's Problem? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The conventional wisdom is that such chaos is bad for the United States: that anarchy anywhere presents a challenge and threat to the American people. That is certainly true in a v...

Al-Qaeda in Arabia: The Recurring Threat - The Guardian

Efforts to decapitate the leadership of affiliates are being countered by the birth of new ones....

Don't Show Weakness in the Face of al-Qaeda Threat - USA Today

If al-Qaeda is strong enough to force the closing of 19 U.S. diplomatic posts across thousands of miles of northern Africa and the Middle East, any notion that the group is decimat...

Note to America: Yemen Is a Real Place - Brian Whitaker, The Guardian

Yemen is a real place where people are demanding social justice and democracy. Their cause is only harmed by the U.S....

America's Chronic Overreaction to Terrorism - Ted Koppel, Wall St Journal

The country's capacity for self-inflicted damage must have astounded even Osama bin Laden....

Al-Qaeda's Legion of Doom - Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

It was not just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures -- but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives....

America Cannot Afford Global Paralysis - New York Times

The United States cannot fail to take reasonable precautions at its embassies, but neither can it be paralyzed and shut down its diplomatic functions for prolonged periods. The emb...

How We Lost Yemen - Gregory Johnsen, Foreign Policy

For much of the past four years the United States has been firing missiles into Yemen. Drones, ships, and planes have all taken part in the bombardment, carrying out at least 75 s...

Unstable Yemen a Greater Threat than Terrorism - The National

When the US's state department announced over the weekend that its embassies across the region would be shut due to a perceived terror threat, it stopped short of identifying a par...

How Yemen Chewed Itself Dry - Adam Heffez, Foreign Affairs

In a little over a decade, Sana’a, Yemen, might become the world’s first capital to run out of water, turning its millions of citizens into water refugees. A major caus...

Al-Qaeda in Yemen: On the Ropes - Peter Bergen & Jennifer Rowland, CNN

In the past three years more than 30 al Qaeda leaders and other senior operatives in Yemen have been killed by U.S. drone strikes, according to a count by the New America Foundatio...

Can Obama Make the Legal Case for the War on Terror? - Rosa Brooks, FP

Normally, law professors thrive on confusion: We foment it in the classroom whenever possible. But while confusion is good for the law student soul, it's not so good for the execut...

U.S. Congress Should Clarify Authorization for War - Washington Post

The Obama administration's political and legal authority to wage war against al-Qaeda has steadily eroded. Both liberal and conservative members of Congress have challenged the adm...

Yemen Just Might Survive the Arab Spring - Thomas Friedman, NY Times

Yemenis are engaged in a unique and peaceful national dialogue — very different from Syria and Egypt and with about a third of the input coming from women -- to produce a new lea...

What Marine Biologists Can Teach Us About Terror - Alex Berezow, RCW

A bisected starfish isn't a dead starfish: It's now two starfish. (And a starfish cut into five pieces turns into five starfish!) In the world today, civilized societies are the f...

A Lesson from Birmingham for the Arabs - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

One of the most troubling aspects of recent developments in several Arab countries has been growing domestic polarization based on an interplay of ideology, religion and ethnicity....

Drones Will One Day Come Back to Slap U.S. - James Zogby, The National

Constitutional lawyers can argue until they are blue in the face whether there are legal justifications for using drones, and tacticians can similarly make the case for the relativ...

Yemeni Citizen Tells of Fear Caused by Drones - Spencer Ackerman, DR

For the first time, the Senate heard from someone who lives in a village where U.S. drone strikes are believed to have killed civilians. Farea al-Muslimi, who was born in the mount...

Tom Friedman: Arab Spring's Biggest Daydreamer - George Jonas, NP

Like other pundits, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman can be right and he can be wrong. The difference between him and his peers is that being repeatedly wrong doesn’t ...

I am Slowly Dying in Guantanamo Bay - Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, NYT

One man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30...

America's Idleness Makes for Mideast Mess - Benny Avni, New York Post

For a sense of why the Middle East is sliding into a new dark night, look at Yemen — where everybody and his brother is meddling, while America mostly stays away....

Saudi-Yemen Ties in Need of Makeover - Faisal al Yafai, The National

Today, Saudi's GDP is 10 times that of Yemen's. Nasser died in 1970 and with him much of the pan-Arab revolutionary fervour he embodied. Political pluralism (such as it is) and uni...

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