Would-be suicide bomber was U.S. informant (Reuters) 

The would-be suicide bomber in a plot by al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate was planted in the group by an allied intelligence agency or turned into an informant early in the conspiracy, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The CIA and its foreign partners tracked the plot for several weeks and then managed to get the informant to deliver the bomb outside Yemen, possibly to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, sources said.

U.S. intelligence officials wanted to keep a lid on details of how the plot was uncovered to make sure the informant and the family was safe. Sources said the informant was believed to be connected to a foreign intelligence agency allied with the CIA.

The New York Times reported the would-be suicide bomber was an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who volunteered for the mission to detonate the bomb aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.”

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#Al-Qaeda #Yemen #United States #CIA #intelligence #News 

Yemen unrest: Gulf states suspend transition deal (BBC) 

President Saleh refused to sign the deal unless opposition representatives were present at the ceremony at his palace, state TV said.”

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#Yemen #GCC 

yemen's opposition 'agrees to gulf plan' (aje) 

Yemen’s opposition has agreed to take part in a transitional government under a Gulf-negotiated peace plan for embattled leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside in a month in exchange for immunity for him and his family.”

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#yemen #saleh #gcc 

U.S. was told of Yemen leader’s vulnerability (WashPo/WikiLeaks) 

A billionaire Yemeni sheik met with a high-ranking officer from the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa less than two years ago and revealed a secret plan to overthrow President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s longtime autocratic ruler.

Hamid al-Ahmar, an opposition party leader and a prominent businessman, vowed to trigger the revolt if Saleh did not guarantee the fairness of parliamentary elections scheduled for 2011, according to a classified U.S. diplomatic cable summarizing the meeting. The sheik said he would organize massive demonstrations modeled on protests that toppled Indonesia’s President Suharto a decade earlier.

Those same cables reveal that U.S. officials were keenly aware of Yemen’s fragile political and economic straits but largely discounted the prospect that Saleh could be forced out, despite dire assessments of his standing from Arab and European counterparts, from members of Yemen’s political opposition, and even from Saleh’s inner circle”

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#Yemen #Wikileaks #United States #Middle East #protests 

Yemen’s Leader Says He Will Step Down in 2013 (NYT) 

In another reverberation of the popular anger rocking the region, the longtime president of YemenAli Abdullah Saleh, announced a series of concessions on Wednesday that included suspending his campaign for constitutional changes that would allow him to remain president for life and pledging that his son would not seek to be his successor.

He ordered the creation of a fund to employ university graduates and to extend social security coverage, increased wages and lowered income taxes and offered to resume a political dialogue that collapsed last October over elections. In answer to opposition complaints that voter records are rife with fraud, he said he would delay the April parliamentary elections until better records could be compiled.”

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#Yemen #Ali Abdullah Saleh 

White House in first detailed comments on drone strikes (BBC) 

Mr Brennan said unmanned drone strikes were legal, ethical, necessary and proportional, overseen with what he called extraordinary care and thoughtfulness, especially when the target was an American citizen.”

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#drones #drone strikes #Obama #Afghanistan #pakistan #yemen #osama bin laden 

The What Cooperation Council? (FP) 

"The Gulf Cooperation Council surprised virtually everyone yesterday by announcing that it would begin membership talks with Jordan and Morocco.  While actual membership is likely a long way off, the announcement signals a new alliance in the region which conspicuously omits Egyp, along with more obvious candidates for GCC membership such as Yemen and Iraq.  This expanded GCC would of course no longer really be an organization of states in the Gulf. Nor would it be a club for small, rich oil producing states […]

[…] The real point here would seem to be a promise of GCC, or more specifically Saudi, assistance to those non-Gulf monarchies in order to prevent them from going too far in meeting popular demands for reform.  Such a Sunni King’s Club would be a counter-revolutionary institution, one which would work directly against hopes for change in the Arab world.”

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#gcc #morocco #yemen #economics #middle east 

Yemeni president agrees to step down in 30 days (AP) 

"Yemen’s embattled president agreed Saturday to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years.

The uprising and a wave of defections by allies, including several top military commanders, have left Saleh clinging to power and now appear to be pushing him to compromise on his earlier refusal to leave office before his term ends in 2013.”

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#Yemen #Saleh #protests #Middle East 

yemen's embattled leader takes emergency powers, trying to hold power in face of protests (wapo) 

A legislature full of his supporters granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s request for a 30-day state of emergency, which suspends the constitution, bars protests and gives security forces far-reaching powers of arrest.”

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#yemen #saleh 

Yemen frees protest activist (AJE) 

"A court in Yemen has granted parole to a political activist and journalist detained over the weekend on charges of inciting disorder, sources have told the AFP and Reuters news agencies. Tawakel Karman, who is also a member of the opposition Islamist party al-Islah, was “released with a commitment from her family that she will no longer offend public order and law,” a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.”

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#Yemen #protests #Tawakel Karman 
Would-be suicide bomber was U.S. informant (Reuters)→

The would-be suicide bomber in a plot by al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate was planted in the group by an allied intelligence agency or turned into an informant early in the conspiracy, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The CIA and its foreign partners tracked the plot for several weeks and then managed to get the informant to deliver the bomb outside Yemen, possibly to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, sources said.

U.S. intelligence officials wanted to keep a lid on details of how the plot was uncovered to make sure the informant and the family was safe. Sources said the informant was believed to be connected to a foreign intelligence agency allied with the CIA.

The New York Times reported the would-be suicide bomber was an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who volunteered for the mission to detonate the bomb aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.”

1 year ago
#Al-Qaeda #Yemen #United States #CIA #intelligence #News 
White House in first detailed comments on drone strikes (BBC)→

Mr Brennan said unmanned drone strikes were legal, ethical, necessary and proportional, overseen with what he called extraordinary care and thoughtfulness, especially when the target was an American citizen.”

1 year ago
#drones #drone strikes #Obama #Afghanistan #pakistan #yemen #osama bin laden 
Yemen unrest: Gulf states suspend transition deal (BBC)→

President Saleh refused to sign the deal unless opposition representatives were present at the ceremony at his palace, state TV said.”

2 years ago
#Yemen #GCC 
The What Cooperation Council? (FP)→

"The Gulf Cooperation Council surprised virtually everyone yesterday by announcing that it would begin membership talks with Jordan and Morocco.  While actual membership is likely a long way off, the announcement signals a new alliance in the region which conspicuously omits Egyp, along with more obvious candidates for GCC membership such as Yemen and Iraq.  This expanded GCC would of course no longer really be an organization of states in the Gulf. Nor would it be a club for small, rich oil producing states […]

[…] The real point here would seem to be a promise of GCC, or more specifically Saudi, assistance to those non-Gulf monarchies in order to prevent them from going too far in meeting popular demands for reform.  Such a Sunni King’s Club would be a counter-revolutionary institution, one which would work directly against hopes for change in the Arab world.”

2 years ago
#gcc #morocco #yemen #economics #middle east 
yemen's opposition 'agrees to gulf plan' (aje)→

Yemen’s opposition has agreed to take part in a transitional government under a Gulf-negotiated peace plan for embattled leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside in a month in exchange for immunity for him and his family.”

2 years ago
#yemen #saleh #gcc 
Yemeni president agrees to step down in 30 days (AP)→

"Yemen’s embattled president agreed Saturday to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years.

The uprising and a wave of defections by allies, including several top military commanders, have left Saleh clinging to power and now appear to be pushing him to compromise on his earlier refusal to leave office before his term ends in 2013.”

2 years ago
#Yemen #Saleh #protests #Middle East 
U.S. was told of Yemen leader’s vulnerability (WashPo/WikiLeaks)→

A billionaire Yemeni sheik met with a high-ranking officer from the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa less than two years ago and revealed a secret plan to overthrow President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s longtime autocratic ruler.

Hamid al-Ahmar, an opposition party leader and a prominent businessman, vowed to trigger the revolt if Saleh did not guarantee the fairness of parliamentary elections scheduled for 2011, according to a classified U.S. diplomatic cable summarizing the meeting. The sheik said he would organize massive demonstrations modeled on protests that toppled Indonesia’s President Suharto a decade earlier.

Those same cables reveal that U.S. officials were keenly aware of Yemen’s fragile political and economic straits but largely discounted the prospect that Saleh could be forced out, despite dire assessments of his standing from Arab and European counterparts, from members of Yemen’s political opposition, and even from Saleh’s inner circle”

3 years ago
#Yemen #Wikileaks #United States #Middle East #protests 
yemen's embattled leader takes emergency powers, trying to hold power in face of protests (wapo)→

A legislature full of his supporters granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s request for a 30-day state of emergency, which suspends the constitution, bars protests and gives security forces far-reaching powers of arrest.”

3 years ago
#yemen #saleh 
Yemen’s Leader Says He Will Step Down in 2013 (NYT)→

In another reverberation of the popular anger rocking the region, the longtime president of YemenAli Abdullah Saleh, announced a series of concessions on Wednesday that included suspending his campaign for constitutional changes that would allow him to remain president for life and pledging that his son would not seek to be his successor.

He ordered the creation of a fund to employ university graduates and to extend social security coverage, increased wages and lowered income taxes and offered to resume a political dialogue that collapsed last October over elections. In answer to opposition complaints that voter records are rife with fraud, he said he would delay the April parliamentary elections until better records could be compiled.”

3 years ago
#Yemen #Ali Abdullah Saleh 
Yemen frees protest activist (AJE)→

"A court in Yemen has granted parole to a political activist and journalist detained over the weekend on charges of inciting disorder, sources have told the AFP and Reuters news agencies. Tawakel Karman, who is also a member of the opposition Islamist party al-Islah, was “released with a commitment from her family that she will no longer offend public order and law,” a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.”

3 years ago
#Yemen #protests #Tawakel Karman