Monday, April 9, 2012

Premier flies to Qatar

SANA'A, April 09 (Saba) - Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa headed on Monday for Qatar on an official visit.
During the visit, the Premier will hold talks with the Qatari senior officials over the situation on the national arena and the achieved steps of the transitional period's requirements.
The talks will also touched on the required development and economic aid to Yemen to tackle the last year crisis's aftermaths.

Soldier killed and two others wounded in Yemen's Aden

By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, April 9, 2012- A soldier was killed on Monday in Yemen's southern sea port of Aden by armed men belonging to Southern Movement.
Eyewitnesses said that a soldier was killed immediately when armed men attacked him at Caltex checkpoint.
According to private sources, armed men believed to be southern movement militants blocked roads and closed schools in several districts in an attempt to impose disobedience situation in the province.
"The fire continued for a long time by militants in order to spread fears amongst unarmed people," a resident in Al-Mansora district said.
In a separate accident, two soldiers were wounded on Monday morning in Khor Makser district of Aden during an attack by unknown gunmen on a security checkpoint.

Presidential decrees in the next two days

By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, April 9, 2012 - An informed source revealed that President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi would issue significant decrees aiming to bring real reforms in the country.
A Yemeni official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the expected decisions would include transferring of a military and civilian personal to new positions as part of the ongoing political transition in Yemen.
The decisions would include changes in security and army apparatuses along with transferring in positions of governors.
Last Friday President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fired several old-regime figures and relatives of the former leader in a major shake-up of the country's military, a move meant to show he was making good on promises of reforms in the wake of his predecessor's ouster.
A statement by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said four governors and more than a dozen military generals were sacked "to make way for new officials."
The shake-up came against the backdrop of growing concerns that Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was using the loyalists to further destabilize the turmoil-wracked country. The move also came as hundreds of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets Friday demanding that Hadi purge the military of Saleh's relatives.
Among those sacked were some of Saleh's relatives, including his half brother who was the Air Force commander, and his nephew, who headed the presidential guard. In his more than 30 years as president, Saleh had stacked key security posts with relatives and loyalists.
Hadi also sacked a brother-in-law to Saleh's daughter who had headed a lucrative oil products distribution company, which was seen as an arm of the former president's vast economic wealth.
Saleh had clung to office during last year's uprising against his rule until he eventually signed a U.S.-backed, Gulf-brokered power transfer deal and handed power over to Hadi, his deputy at the time. The deal allowed Saleh to remain as head of the ruling party and granted him immunity from prosecution in return for leaving the presidency.
The United States welcomed President Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi's announcement of civilian and military personnel transfers as part of the ongoing political transition in Yemen.

Yemen: 23 killed in clashes with al-Qaida fighters

AP| Apr 9, 2012
SANAA, YEMEN: Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a dawn attack on Monday on a Yemeni army post in the south setting off clashes that left 18 militants and five soldiers dead, army officials said.
The attack demonstrates how al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has exploited the political and security turmoil following the country's yearlong uprising, managing to take control of large swaths of land in the south and staging increasingly bold attacks on the military.
The officials said the militants attacked an army position in the town of Lawder in Abyan province, where al-Qaida fighters are very active.
They said the dead included 18 militants and five soldiers, including a colonel. Three soldiers were wounded.
Members of armed popular anti-al-Qaida committees joined the fighting alongside the soldiers. The committees are formed by civilians, mainly from anti-al-Qaida tribes, who oppose the terror group.
A member of one of the committees, Abdullah Amer, said the militants tried to enter Lawder at dawn. Lawder is a strategic town northeast of Zinjibar in Abyan province where al-Qaida fighters still control some areas.
He said fierce fighting raged for hours before the militants were forced to retreat.
The officials said a nearby army brigade sent reinforcements to the army post in Lawder to back up the soldiers during the fire fight.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military rules, said three militants were also killed in government heavy shelling of the town of Jaar, near Zinjibar, which is still under the militant's control.
Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the movement's most dangerous offshoots.
Al-Qaida and other militant groups have taken advantage of Yemen's yearlong political turmoil to try to expand their toehold in the country's south and have captured several key cities and towns.
Yemen's uprising, inspired by Arab revolts elsewhere, forced longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of office in February. His successor, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, was later rubber-stamped as president in a nationwide vote. Hadi has vowed to fight al-Qaida while restructuring the armed forces, in which Saleh's loyalists and family members still hold key posts.
Hadi, in his attempt to shake-up the military, fired key commanders and relatives of Saleh including the ex-president's half brother, air force commander Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar. The air force commander initially defied the order and seized control of the airport in the capital of Sanaa on Saturday. Al-Ahmar holed himself up in his office before abruptly leaving Sunday as the airport was reopened.