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A rickety truck packed with 14 people rumbled down a desert road from the town of Radda, which al-Qaeda militants once controlled. Suddenly a missile struck flipping the vehicle over. Then a second missile hit the truck.
Within seconds, 11 of the passengers were dead, including a woman and her seven-year-old daughter. A 12-year-old boy also died that day, and another man later died from his wounds.
The Yemeni government initially said that those killed were al-Qaeda militants and that its own Soviet-era jets carried out the September 2 attack. But last week US officials acknowledged for the first time that it was an American strike and that the victims were civilians.
An air strike has killed al-Qaeda’s No.2 leader in Yemen and six others, US and Yemeni officials say.
Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi Arabian who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in Guantanamo Bay, was killed by a missile after leaving a house in the southern province of Hadramawt on Monday, Yemeni military officials said.
Suspected al-Qaeda militants have attacked the intelligence headquarters of Yemen’s southern city of Aden, killing at least 20 people.
The attack on Saturday in the heart of the port city of Aden, underscored al-Qaeda’s ability to launch deadly strikes despite a two-month Yemeni military offensive.
The strikes by Yemeni government forces are backed by the US and this year dislodged militants who had taken over a string of southern towns near Aden.
via Sky News
A suicide attack at a town in south Yemen recently recaptured by the army from Al-Qaeda forces killed 20 people Saturday and wounded another 20, the governor of the province said.
In a separate incident in the east of the country meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda members late Saturday, a local official said.
“Twenty people have been killed and 20 others wounded,” governor Jamal al-Aqal said in a statement on the suicide attack posted on the defence ministry’s website.
Thirty-three people, including six soldiers, were killed today in clashes between al-Qaeda and the army in southern Yemen as troops advanced towards the Abyan provincial capital Zinjibar, military and local sources said.
Soldiers from the 25th Mechanised Brigade “managed early on Saturday to deal heavy blows to terrorists in Maraqid and Mashqasa … Killing 20 terrorist elements, most of them Somalis,” Brigadier General Muhammad al-Sawmali told defence ministry news website 26sep.Net.
A SUICIDE bomber killed dozens of people including soliders in Yemen’s capital yesterday at a military parade rehearsal near the presidential palace, a police official said.
At least 60 soldiers died and about 120 people were injured in Sana’a, the official said. Al Arabiya television said 96 people died. No group immediately claimed responsibility….
The army has been battling al-Qaeda militants as the government tries to recapture cities in the southern province of Abyan.
So it probably wasn’t atheists, then.
The CIA have thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a US-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on December 25, 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaeda developed a more refined detonation system, US officials said.
The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an aeroplane, officials said.
But let’s put aside what the United States does or doesn’t do to women. Name me an Arab country, and I’ll recite a litany of abuses fueled by a toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend. When more than 90 percent of ever-married women in Egypt — including my mother and all but one of her six sisters — have had their genitals cut in the name of modesty, then surely we must all blaspheme. When Egyptian women are subjected to humiliating “virginity tests” merely for speaking out, it’s no time for silence. When an article in the Egyptian criminal code says that if a woman has been beaten by her husband “with good intentions” no punitive damages can be obtained, then to hell with political correctness. And what, pray tell, are “good intentions”? They are legally deemed to include any beating that is “not severe” or “directed at the face.” What all this means is that when it comes to the status of women in the Middle East, it’s not better than you think. It’s much, much worse. Even after these “revolutions,” all is more or less considered well with the world as long as women are covered up, anchored to the home, denied the simple mobility of getting into their own cars, forced to get permission from men to travel, and unable to marry without a male guardian’s blessing — or divorce either.
I’m guessing that Mona is not an accommodationist.
Fourteen-year-old Reem, from Sanaa, was 11 years old when her father married her to her cousin, a man almost 21 years her senior. One day, Reem’s father dressed her in a niqab (the Islamic veil that covers the face, exposing only the eyes), and took her by car to Radda,150 kilometers southeast of Sanaa, to meet her soon-to-be husband. Against Reem’s will, a quick religious marriage ensued. Three days after she was married, her husband raped her. Reem attempted suicide by cutting her wrists with a razor. Her husband took her back to her father in Sanaa, and Reem then ran away to her mother (her parents are divorced). Reem’s mother escorted her to court in an attempt to get a divorce. The judge told her, “We don’t divorce little girls.” Reem replied, “But how come you allow little girls to get married?”
And the answer: because Mohammed did it.
Vlad II of Wallachia impaled his enemies on stakes. I guess we should be glad he wasn’t lucky enough to found a religion.
Hundreds of Yemeni women have set fire to traditional female veils to protest the government’s brutal crackdown against the country’s popular uprising, as overnight clashes in the capital and another city killed 25 people.
In the capital Sanaa, the women spread a black cloth across a main street on Wednesday and threw their full-body veils, known as makrama, onto a pile, sprayed it with oil and set it ablaze.
As the flames rose, they chanted: “Who protects Yemeni women from the crimes of the thugs?”
The women in Yemen have taken a key role in the uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s authoritarian rule that erupted in March, inspired by other Arab revolutions.
The American son of the al-Qaeda militant Anwar al-Awlaki was only 16 when he was killed by a US drone in Yemen…
Abdel-Rahman Anwar al-Awlaki was among several people killed in a missile strike near the town of Azzan in southern Yemen last Friday. US officials said the target was the Egyptian-born Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior figure in al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, who also was reported killed…
US officials ”had no idea” Abdel-Rahman was with Banna, but ”this was a military-aged male travelling with a high-value target”, a senior Obama administration official said.
In the Facebook statement, the Awlaki family said Anwar al-Awlaki’s younger brother, 17-year-old Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki, also was killed in the air strike last week.
A Yemeni man arrested on a San Francisco-bound plane repeatedly shouted “Allah Akbar” as he tried to break into the cockpit, a court heard yesterday, as he made an initial appearance.
Rageh Ahmed Mohammed Al-Murisi appeared sullen as a federal judge told the California resident he was charged with interfering with a flight crew, a felony that can carry up to 20 years in prison.
‘Allah is great!’ — but not quite great enough to actually open a door.
The new head of Britain’s armed forces has refused to rule out military intervention in Yemen to stamp out the growing threat from al-Qaeda terrorists based there.
General Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said there was no desire to ”open up another front there” but suggested that in future it ”might be” necessary.
Because the intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan has been so incredibly effective…
A radical Islamic leader has placed Molly Norris — the artist who helped spawn the recent “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day!” before distancing herself from the campaign — on an execution hit list, according to the New York Daily News.
FBI officials alerted Norris to what they are treating as a “very serious threat,” according to the report.
First they came for our cartoonists…