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Yemen 'Bans US Raids'

Sources say civilian deaths outraged government

(Newser) - The raid that led to the death of a Navy SEAL and an unknown number of civilians might be the last time Special Operations boots are on the ground in Yemen for a long time. Sources tell the New York Times that Yemen's government, angered by the civilian deaths,... More »

Target of Yemen Raid Escaped, Is Now Taunting Trump

Qassim al-Rimi calls him a 'fool' in recording

(Newser) - Military officials who've been trying to justify a Jan. 29 raid that killed a Navy SEAL in Yemen now say the goal was to capture al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi, who they believe escaped unscathed. They believe this because al-Rimi—considered the third most dangerous terrorist in the world, per... More »

Military Uses Decade-Old Video to Justify Yemen Raid

It falsely claimed the video was recovered last Sunday

(Newser) - US Central Command said video posted to the Pentagon website this week was recovered during last Sunday's raid in Yemen and shows the kind of important al-Qaeda intelligence recovered during President Trump's first counter-terrorism operation, the Hill reports. There's only one problem: The video was actually recovered... More »

Hundreds of Yemenis Close NYC Stores in Trump Protest

Some of them have family stranded by travel ban

(Newser) - Ethnic Yemeni business owners who operate New York City corner bodegas and neighborhood delis closed shop in more than 1,000 locations Thursday in protest of President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from Yemen and six other Muslim-majority countries. The shops were locked at noon and remained shuttered... More »

US Destroyed Its Own $70M Aircraft in Doomed Raid

First mission of Trump era went wrong in several ways

(Newser) - President Trump visited Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Wednesday as the remains of a Navy SEAL killed in a Yemen raid were returned to the US, reports AP . William “Ryan” Owens was killed over the weekend during the first special-ops raid approved by Trump, and while early reports... More »

'Almost Everything Went Wrong' in First Trump-Era Raid

2 Americans died in mission on Yemen village

(Newser) - The first American military raid of the Trump administration wasn't a complete failure, but "almost everything went wrong," a senior military official tells NBC News . The Sunday raid in Yemen, which the president approved last week, left dozens of people dead , including two Americans: a service member... More »

US Suffers 1st Combat Death of the Trump Era

1 killed in rare American raid in Yemen

(Newser) - A US military service member was killed Sunday during a raid against al-Qaeda militants in central Yemen that also left nearly 30 others dead, including women and children. The loss of the service member is the first-known combat death of a member of the US military under President Trump. The... More »

Man Sues After Drones Kill His Relatives

His appellate court hearing made history

(Newser) - In August 2012, a US drone strike in Yemen killed two innocent men, and the US should apologize for their deaths, according to a historic lawsuit filed by Yemeni engineer Faisal bin Ali Jaber. Jaber, who wants the drone strike that killed his family members Ahmed Salem Bin Ali Jaber... More »

Are American Weapons Being Used to Kill Civilians in Yemen?

Saudi-led coalition appears to be using weapons bought from US

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is using American-made weapons in a destructive campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, the New York Times reports. The remains of US-made, laser-guided bombs have been found in the wreckage of multiple deadly airstrikes—including an attack on a funeral last month, which killed 140 people. A Saudi-led... More »

Kerry: Yemen's Houthi Rebels Free US Citizens

They were released as part of a complicated diplomatic arrangement

(Newser) - John Kerry says Yemen's Houthi rebels released two US citizens on Saturday, the AP reports. The US Secretary of State said the unidentified Americans were freed as part of a complicated diplomatic arrangement that included airlifts for Yemenis wounded by an airstrike this past week carried out by a... More »

US Strikes Yemen Rebels for First Time

Navy says it's retaliation for missile launches

(Newser) - American officials say US-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles have destroyed three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast. The strikes marked the first shots fired by the US in anger against the Houthis in Yemen's long-running civil war, the AP reports. The retaliatory action early... More »

2 Missiles Fired at US Destroyer From Rebel-Held Yemen Land

No injuries or damage

(Newser) - Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near an American destroyer passing by in the Red Sea, the US Navy said on Monday, the second-such launch targeting ships in the crucial international waterway in recent days. The missile launches Sunday came as a ballistic missile fired from Yemen... More »

US Warns Saudis After Deadly Strike in Yemen

American aid 'not a blank check'

(Newser) - US officials are threatening to cut off aid after a deadly airstrike linked to Saudi Arabia killed 140 and wounded more than 500 at a funeral in Yemen's capital city of Sanaa. The airstrike on Saturday targeted the funeral of a Yemeni official's father, Reuters reports. According to... More »

US Teacher Seized in Yemen

Officials say he's suspected of spying

(Newser) - Yemeni officials say an American who worked as an English teacher in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has been detained on suspicions of espionage. The officials told the AP on Wednesday that he was arrested at his house in Sanaa on Tuesday and taken to the national security headquarters. Witnesses told... More »

Another MSF Hospital Hit in Airstrike; at Least 6 Dead

Doctors Without Borders says Saudi airstrike injured at least 20

(Newser) - A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in northern Yemen on Monday, reports the AFP , killing at least six and wounding 20. The group, known by the French acronym MSF, said the strike hit near the Houthi rebel stronghold of Saada, where teams were still... More »

Pentagon Releases 9 Guantanamo Inmates

The men had been held for approximately 14 years without charges

(Newser) - Nine prisoners have been released from Guantanamo and sent to Saudi Arabia, dropping the inmate population at the infamous prison to 80, Reuters reports. The release was announced Saturday by the Pentagon. All nine prisoners were Yemeni men captured during the war in Afghanistan, according the New York Times . They... More »

4 Nuns Murdered in Attack on Elderly Care Home in Yemen

The Vatican condemns it as an 'act of senseless and diabolical violence'

(Newser) - Four Catholic nuns and 12 others were killed during an attack on a home for the elderly Friday in Yemen, in what the Vatican is condemning as an "act of senseless and diabolical violence," CNN reports. According to the AP , six gunmen got past the home's gate... More »

Freed Gitmo Prisoner Refuses to Leave

Lawyer says Yemeni man is too 'frightened' to leave the familiarity of Guantanamo

(Newser) - A Guantanamo Bay inmate who remained in the prison for nearly 14 years finally had his shot at freedom this week—and he turned it down. While two other Gitmo prisoners boarded a plane out of Cuba Wednesday morning, Yemen native Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir—who Fox News says is... More »

Doctors Without Borders Hospital Hit; 4 Dead

Facility in Yemen is the latest hit taken by aid group; source of projectile unknown

(Newser) - The aid group Doctors Without Borders says a projectile from an unknown source has hit a hospital it supports in Yemen's northern Saada province, killing four and injuring 10. The group, known as MSF, says in a statement that the Sunday attack led to "the collapse of several... More »

Iran: Saudi-Led Airstrike Hit Our Embassy in Yemen

Reporter sees no visible damage as tensions rise after Shiite cleric's execution

(Newser) - More Saudi-Iran trouble Thursday morning: Tehran accused the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen of bombing its embassy there in an overnight airstrike. However, an AP reporter who reached the site just after the announcement by Iran's state-run news agency said the embassy was still standing without any... More »

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