Tag: yemen

State Department Offers Last-Minute Reversal on Travel Ban Policy on Fiancés

The U.S. State Department has changed its definition of a close family member eligible for travel to the U.S. under President Trump’s revised travel ban. The revised travel ban, which restricts travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, took effect late Thursday. Under the ban, only close family members of those living in…

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Yemen Cut Ties With Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen are breaking off diplomatic relations and cutting sea, land, and air ties with Qatar, accusing the fellow Sunni Arab state of backing “terrorist groups aiming to destabilize the region,” as well as “Iranian-backed terrorist groups” active in east Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Qatari diplomats…

Billionaire Wilbur Ross Wins Senate Confirmation

President Trump’s nominee for U.S. commerce secretary won Senate confirmation on Monday, paving the way for work to begin on renegotiating trade deals with China and Mexico. Billionaire Wilbur Ross was confirmed with a Senate vote of 72-27, with support from 19 Democrats. Ross will now be at the helm of an agency with over…

Yemen Withdraws Permission For U.S. Anti-Terror Ground Missions

U.S. officials say that the Yemeni government, upset over the deaths of several civilians in a raid authorized last month by President Trump, has suspended anti-terrorism commando operations by the United States inside the country, The New York Times reports. This does not affect military drone attacks or the advisers there working with Yemeni forces,…

Federal Judges To Hear Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Tuesday

On Monday evening, the Department of Justice filed a 15-page brief defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration, and moments later, it was announced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to his travel ban on Tuesday. Last week, a federal judge temporarily suspended parts of the travel ban against people from…

Trump Administration Imposes New Iran Sanctions [VIDEO]

President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran on Friday morning, days after White House officials warned Tehran of being put “on notice” for its ballistic-missile test firings last weekend. The executive order targeted individuals and companies, and resemble the moves made by the Obama administration after previous tests. The White House has not accused…

SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid

In addition to a Navy SEAL being killed during U.S. raid in Yemen on Sunday, NBC News confirmed that also killed in the firefight was the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born al Qaeda leader who was killed by U.S. forces five years ago. The strike in southern Yemen was ordered by President Donald…

Trump Blames Airport Chaos on Delta

Airports all over the United States spun into crisis over the weekend after President Trump signed an order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers and protesters rushed to the aid of American residents who were barred from reentry, and legal battles began all over the country. Despite…

Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports Take Legal Action Over Trump’s Order

Right after President Trump signed an executive order that bans U.S. entry from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days while suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, the rule already faces partial challenge in court. Immigration lawyers acting on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former U.S.…

Trump Expected To Order Construction Of Mexican Border Wall

On Wednesday, President Trump will order the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials told The New York Times. Trump will sign an executive order at the Department of Homeland Security ordering that federal funds be shifted in order to build the wall, which during his campaign he vowed would be…

Al Qaeda Yemen Leader Confirmed Dead [VIDEO]

A top Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader was killed by a U.S. drone in Yemen on Friday, a video statement from AQAP’s media wing confirmed Tuesday. Nasser al-Wahayshi, who was once Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary, was succeeded by military commander Qasm al-Rimi, according to AQAP operatives. U.S. government officials have yet to…

US, Saudi Arabia announce 5-day ceasefire in Yemen ‘soon’ [VIDEO]

Saudi Arabia and the United States said Thursday a renewable, five-day cease-fire in Yemen’s war would start soon to facilitate aid to millions of civilians in need, if Iran-backed rebels and their allies also agree to stop fighting.At a joint news conference, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the kingdom would halt airstrikes in Yemen…

Iranian Convoy Suspected of Carrying Weapons to Yemen Turned Back

Update: The Iranian Convoy Suspected of Carrying Weapons to Yemen Turned Back by the American led blockade An Iranian convoy of freighters, escorted by warships from the Iranian military and Revolutionary Guard forces, appears heading for Yemen. American warships seem prepared to intercept this convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons to Houthi rebel…

Yemen’s Aden Suffers Amid Clashes, Aid Deliveries Delayed [VIDEO]

As citizens noted a warship shelling Houthi positions about the borders of the town, explosions shook the suburbs of the Yemeni port city of Aden. Street fighting and heavy shelling has for several days torn through the city, the last bastion of support for Saudi-backed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Twelve days of bombing by a…

Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen [VIDEO]

Operations began by Saudi Arabia on Thursday against Houthi rebels in Yemen, hours following the rebels seized control of the military base employed by U.S. authorities for drone strikes. Warplanes have apparently started bombing the airport in Sanaa’s capital city. Yemeni Leader Rabbo Mansour Hadi left his home. The White House claimed Thursday that Obama…

Yemen Spirals Into Chaos, U.S. Recalls All Staff & Military

Yemen Sunday as a U.N. envoy warned that the country was at “the edge of civil war.” It is now being called a ‘failed state’. Houthi militants took over the airport in Taiz as they swept through the city, two officials with the Taiz provincial government said. One civilian was killed and 82 others wounded…

DAESH ISIS Suicide Bombers Kill 137 in Yemen Mosque Attacks

BREAKING: Suicide bombers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa blew themselves up during Friday prayers at two mosques used by supporters of Shi’ite rebels, killing 137 people and wounding more than 260, sources said, in the country’s deadliest militant attack in years. DAESH, or ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized large areas of Iraq…

[VIDEO] al Shabab call for attacks on malls in the U.S., Canada & U.K.

Terrorist group al Shabab released a video Saturday calling for attacks on shopping malls in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The video, released by the Somalia-based group’s official media wing, calls for attacks in the style of al Shabab’s 2013 siege on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which more than 60 people…

Yemen’s President & Cabinet Resign, USA Removing Embassy Staff

Yemen’s President & Cabinet Resign, USA Removing Embassy Staff Yahoo reports that President Abed Rabbo Hadi, a U.S. ally in its campaign against Yemen’s local al-Qaida branch, stepped down Thursday with his Cabinet over the pressures by Houthi rebels who demanded a bigger share of government power. A faction of southerners, who oppose the Shiite…