Tag Archives: Yemen

17 June 2015

Ban Ki-moon: international community has ‘a special obligation to act’ for Yemen peace

The international community has not a moment to lose if it is to help end the fighting in Yemen and broker a lasting peace for the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Briefing the press he explained that as total casualty figures surpassed 2,600, the UN and member states retained ‘a special obligation to act’. ‘Today, Yemen’s very existence hangs in the balance. While parties bicker, Yemen burns’, he said, adding: ‘The parties have a responsibility to end the fighting and begin a real process of peace and reconciliation.’ (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | In Geneva, Ban says international community has ‘obligation to act’ for Yemen peace

26 March 2015

Yemeni foreign minister requests intervention by gulf cooperation council

The Yemeni foreign minister, Riad Yassin, requested Gulf Arab states for support to prevent the advance of rebels further into the country. The Shia Houthi rebels who ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in February 2015 siezed Yemen’s third largest city, Taiz. (more…)

Source: BBC | Yemen minister calls for Gulf military intervention

15 February 2015

Ban Ki-moon urges international support to end crisis in Yemen

Amid a dangerous political and humanitarian crisis and a seething secessionist movement, Yemen sits on the brink of collapse, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the Security Council, reminding the international community of its ‘solemn obligation’ under the UN Charter to help the country prevent an escalation of the conflict and re-launch its political process.  (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | 'Yemen is collapsing before our eyes,’ UN Chief warns, urging international support to end crisis

7 December 2014

Joint American-Yemeni rescue mission results in tragedy as two hostages die

The New York Times reports that early on 5 December an American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed during a joint rescue operation orchestrated by the US and aided by the Yemeni government. The hostages were being held by militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). (more…)

Source: The New York Times | American, South African Hostages Killed in Yemen
Source: BBC | US hostage Luke Somers and SA Pierre Korkie killed during Yemen rescue bid
Source: The Wall Street Journal | Luke Somers Raid in Yemen: How It Went Wrong

15 May 2014

Essay published: “Is Yemen’s Government Complicit with Al-Qaeda?”

On Lawfare, Sama’a Al-Hamdani posted an essay entitled The Foreign Policy Essay: Is Yemen’s Government Complicit with Al-Qaeda?, which discusses whether the Yemeni government is doing its best to combat terrorism. The essay poses various reasons for why the Yemeni government is not doing its best to combat terrorism, but rather may be complicit with terrorist groups. For example, Al-Hamdani discusses the frequency in which prison breaks occur, allowing detained terrorists to escape, and how these breakouts usually result with the help of prison guards either directly or indirectly. Moreover, Al-Hamdani suggests that some members of the security sector collaborate with terrorists and even some terrorists are able to infiltrate the Yemeni military and security services to carry out attacks. Al-Hamdani argues various reasons for this complicity, for example, that Yemeni military and security forces are simply scared to die at the hands of the terrorists and would rather cooperate to prevent such death, or that some military and security forces are bribed by terrorists to assist or look the other way while the terrorists operate. Furthermore, the Yemeni government’s lack of accountability and concern for these issues within its military leads to the conclusion that Yemen is complicit with terrorism.

Source: Lawfare | The Foreign Policy Essay: Is Yemen’s Government Complicit with Al-Qaeda?

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