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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 »

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 »

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 »

Unnamed American Hostage Still in Yemen

English teacher, 35, still in custody of Shiite Houthi rebels

(Newser) - Despite early reports that three US hostages were freed in Yemen yesterday, authorities now say just two have arrived in Oman, which negotiated their release. Shiite Houthi rebels chose to keep a third US hostage in custody; he's identified only as a 35-year-old Muslim convert who had been in... More »

Yemen Rebels Free US Hostages

Identities aren't released

(Newser) - Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels today released three Americans and three other foreign hostages, say Houthi officials and authorities at the airport in Sanaa. Their identities weren't made public, nor were details about their detention. But at least one of them is a journalist, whom Houthi offiicals said "... More »

Friend Reveals ID of US Hostage in Yemen

Scott Darden was taken by rebels while transporting humanitarian aid

(Newser) - The wife of a 45-year-old Atlanta man—one of three Americans being held hostage by Houthi rebels in Yemen—is pleading for his freedom. "We are asking for his safe return," Diana Loesch tells the Washington Post . "He loved the Yemeni people." The newspaper reports the... More »

Moroccan F-16 Goes MIA Ahead of Yemen Ceasefire

So far Yemen has remained relatively tight-lipped about the missing fighter jet

(Newser) - A Moroccan F-16 fighter jet taking part in a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen has gone missing, the North African nation's military said today, a day ahead of the start of a proposed five-day humanitarian ceasefire. It wasn't immediately clear what happened to the jet, which... More »

Saudis: We Repelled Rebel Border Attack

'Dozens' dead after attempted Houthi incursion

(Newser) - A cross-border attack on Saudi Arabia by Yemeni rebel forces resulted in late-night clashes that left three Saudi soldiers and "dozens" of Yemeni rebels dead, according to the Saudi Defense Ministry. A ministry statement said that a group of Yemen's Shiite rebels attacked "border posts and control... More »

Washington Sends Warship to Yemen

The USS Theodore Roosevelt may intercept Iranian arms

(Newser) - Proxy war, anyone? A US Navy aircraft carrier is headed for waters near Yemen amid concerns that Iran is sending fresh arms to Shiite Houthi rebels there, the AP reports. The USS Theodore Roosevelt will join other US ships in the area while roughly eight Iranian vessels, possibly carrying arms,... More »

American Trying to Bring Wife Home Killed in Yemen

Oakland resident was hit by shrapnel, family says

(Newser) - The escalating Yemen conflict is believed to have killed hundreds of people in the port city of Aden over the last 11 days—including an American citizen. Family members say Oakland, Calif., resident Jamal al-Labani was killed last week when he was hit in the back from mortar shrapnel as... More »

'I'm Afraid,' Says American Jailed in Yemen

Sharif Mobley, once suspected of al-Qaeda ties, makes rare call home in plea

(Newser) - The confusing story of Sharif Mobley just took a desperate-sounding turn. The 31-year-old father of three, held prisoner in Yemen since 2010, placed a "rare call" to his lawyers this week from what he said was a Sanaa military base, and things don't sound good, the Intercept reports.... More »

Yemen Ports Frozen by Saudi-Led Forces: Coalition Rep

No weapons are coming in or going out of the country in strike against Shiite rebels

(Newser) - The spokesman for the Saudi-led campaign against Yemeni rebels says coalition naval forces have besieged the country's ports. Ahmed Asiri told reporters today that the naval forces are blocking the movement of ships to prevent weapons and fighters from entering or leaving Yemen. Asiri, speaking from the Saudi capital... More »

US: Yemen Rebels Have Looted Intelligence Files

Saudi Arabia says it has assembled large anti-rebel coalition

(Newser) - With Yemen rapidly plunging into war , US officials aren't sure what happened to $500 million in military aid , but they have a good idea where files on American intelligence operations are: in the hands of Houthi rebels and their Iranian allies. Intelligence officials tell the Los Angeles Times that... More »

Shiite Rebels Seize Yemen's No. 3 City

Loyalists to former president have control of Taiz as country further unravels

(Newser) - Shiite rebels backed by supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh seized Yemen's third largest city of Taiz and its airport today, security and military officials said, as thousands took to the streets in protest. If the rebels hold onto the city, the capital of Yemen's most populous... More »

'Blood Running Like a River' as Suicide Bombs Hit Yemen

Triple bombings hit Sanaa mosques during midday prayers

(Newser) - Triple suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques crowded with worshippers in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, today, causing heavy casualties, according to witnesses. The attackers targeted mosques frequented by Shiite rebels, who've controlled the capital since September. A report on the rebel-owned al-Masirah TV channel said the bombers attacked... More »

Yemen's Shiite Rebels: We've Taken Over Country

Houthis say they have dissolved Parliament

(Newser) - Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels today announced that they have taken over the country and dissolved parliament, a dramatic move that finalizes their months-long power grab . In a televised announcement from the Republican Palace in the capital of Sanaa, the Houthi rebels said they are forming a five-member presidential council... More »

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