al-Qaeda in Yemen

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UAE Raid Frees British Hostage From al-Qaeda

Douglas Robert Semple freed after 18 months in operation in Yemen

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates said today that its military freed a British hostage held by al-Qaeda in Yemen who had been kidnapped 18 months ago while working as a petroleum engineer in the war-torn country. A statement carried by the UAE's official WAM news agency said Douglas Robert Semple,... More »

New Charlie Hebdo Sells Out in Minutes

Parisians scuffle over copies of 'survivors' edition'

(Newser) - A week after gunmen massacred the satirical publication's staff, defiant Parisians snapped up copies of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo and even scuffled over scarce copies. It sold out within minutes as news kiosks around the city opened at dawn, even though the print run had been increased... More »

US: Yemen Raid Missed American Hostage

Luke Somers 'not present' during attempted rescue last month

(Newser) - The Pentagon and White House acknowledged today that the US tried last month to rescue a 33-year-old American journalist, Luke Somers, who is being held by al-Qaeda in Yemen, but "regrettably, Luke was not present," per a National Security Council spokeswoman. A video of Somers pleading for help... More »

US Commandos Free 8 Hostages in Yemen Raid

Dozens surprise militants in cave

(Newser) - Working with Yemeni troops, some two dozen US commandos quietly rescued eight hostages in Yemen early yesterday, the New York Times reports. The hostages, including six Yemenis, a Saudi, and an Ethiopian, were being held in a cave by al-Qaeda's affiliate in the country. Commandos reached the eastern region... More »

Terrorists Con American al-Qaeda Supporters

Money sent for military training kept by al-Qaeda leaders

(Newser) - Three Americans who sent thousands of dollars abroad to feed al-Qaeda terrorist plots have found their money wasn't quite going where they intended. Rather than being used for military training, the $300 sent each month—plus watches, cold-weather gear, GPS units, and a remote-control car—was divided between Yemen... More »

Al-Qaeda Yemen: Kill US Envoy, Get $160K in Gold

Terror group also offers $23K for killing any US soldier

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has announced that it will pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the US ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio tape produced by the group's media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites... More »

Yemen Army Reclaims al-Qaeda Stronghold

Gov't claims fighting fierce, but locals report militants fled last night

(Newser) - Yemeni forces have retaken the southern town of Jaar, more than a year after it was captured by al-Qaeda-linked militants, reports Reuters . The government victory could be a considerable blow to the Ansar al-Sharia militant group, which captured several southern towns last year. The fighting killed 20 militants and four... More »

Al-Qaeda Storms Yemen Town

Opposition accuses Saleh of giving Qaeda a green light

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda militants have taken control of another town in Yemen, in yet another power grab in a country rocked by protests. With President Ali Abdullah Saleh due to hand over power this month (though he may not leave Yemen ), opposition figures are accusing him of letting the group seize... More »

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