Streams

 

Yemen

The Takeaway

US May Shift Counterterrorism Efforts to Yemen

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The US may expand counterterrorism efforts in Yemen, to address a growing threat from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The CIA now believes that al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen may be more dangerous to U.S. interests than the much higher-profile group in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, the attempted Christmas Day bombing, and with names like Anwar Al-Awlaki becoming part of the everyday conversation on terrorism, more and more voices are beginning to feel that the branch of terrorists operating from Yemen, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, represents the largest terrorist threat to American interests and security. 


Comment

The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: New Counterterrorism Focus in Yemen; Morning Headlines

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The CIA has shifted its focus from Afghanistan to a country it believes currently holds a more serious threat from al-Qaida: Yemen. That and this morning's headlines.

Comment

The Takeaway

19 Killed in Yemen

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rebels and pro-government forces clashed this morning in Yemen, killing 19 people. This is the latest in a series of violent eruptions, which are putting increased strain on a truce between the government and rebels. The violence also indicates that al-Qaida may be growing in strength in Yemen, where in the south of the country there's a separate insurgency involving al-Qaida rebels. The BBC's Jon Leyne describes the violence and the challenges of stabilizing a country with scarce resources. "The bottom line is that the country is in a real mess," says Leyne.

Comment

The Takeaway

The Life of Radical Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We are taking a closer look at the life of radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. In a video released over the weekend by al-Qaida in Yemen, al-Awlaki urged Muslims to take American lives. The cleric has a published discography to rival some rock stars, with over 100 CDs of readings and lectures to his name, not all of them incendiary. al-Awlaki was once known as a popular (and moderate) interpreter of Islamic texts on CD; speculation abounds as to exactly when and why he took a more radical turn. 

Comments [2]

WQXR News

Britain's Ambassador to Yemen Survives Attack

Monday, April 26, 2010

Britain's ambassador to Yemen has survived what's believed to be a suicide attack in the capitol of Sanaa today.

Comment

The Takeaway

Over 100 Militants Arrested in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Saudi Arabia security officials said that they have arrested more than 100 militants suspected of working with al-Qaida to target oil facilities and security forces. 

Comment

The Takeaway

With Warnings of Terror Threat, Should We Worry?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, top intelligence officials said it is highly likely the United States will see an attempted terrorist attack in the next three to six months. But how worried should Americans be, and what does it mean that a threat is imminent?

Comment

The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: State of the Union, Ben Bernanke, Haiti

Monday, January 25, 2010

We give you all you need to know about the news we expect to come in the next seven days. This week, we take a look at what to expect in President Obama's first State of the Union address. We'll also look ahead at how the president  is planning to stop what appears to be a tailspin for the Democrats; Ben Bernanke's confirmation as Fed chairman; the relief effort in Haiti; and the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Comments [1]

WQXR News

Yemen Detains Al Qaeda Militants

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Yemeni security forces arrested three more suspected Al Qaeda militants today.

Comment

The Takeaway

Yemen's Role Evolving in US War on Terrorists

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

After al-Qaida militants were killed yesterday in Yemen and the U.S. embassy there closed due to security threats, how will the U.S. policy towards Yemen evolve next? We talk with Steven Erlanger, a reporter for The New York Times in Yemen, and Charlie Sennott, executive editor of the Global Post, about Yemen's changing role in the U.S. war on terrorists.

(Read Steven Erlanger's reporting from Yemen in The New York Times.)

Comment

The Takeaway

The Age of Franchised Terror?

Monday, January 04, 2010

The President's announcement of a link between alleged 'Christmas Bomber' Umar Farouk Abdullmutallab and al-Qaida in Yemen not only shed light on the real threat posed by international terror; it also raised awareness of the mobility of terror cells.  We're joined again by Peter Galbraith, former United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, as well as Paul Pillar, director of  the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center. Both come on to discuss security in the age of franchised terror.

Comment

The Takeaway

Christmas Bomber Complicates Plans to Close Guantánamo

Monday, January 04, 2010

The President had initially pledged to close Guantánamo Bay within a year of taking office, but the challenge of how to move the detainees and what to do with them once they've moved is becoming an increasingly complicated problem. We talk with Vijay Padmanabhan, a visiting professor at Cardozo School of Law, about how best to make progress on closing the detention center. Dafna Linzer, a senior reporter for ProPublica, is following the President's efforts to close Guantánamo and she joins us with the latest news.

Comment

WQXR News

US, UK Embassies in Yemen Closed, For Now

Monday, January 04, 2010

The White House said security concerns and Al Qaeda were its reasons for the temporarily closure.

Comment

The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda with Marcus Mabry and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, January 04, 2010

This week we take a look at the week ahead with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for our partner, The New York Times; and Jonathan Marcus, correspondent for our partner, the BBC.  They'll discuss President Obama's meeting with intelligence heads; the upcoming court appearance of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab; and Elvis Presley's 75th birthday.

Comment

The Takeaway

Yemen: New Sanctuary for al-Qaida?

Friday, January 01, 2010

All this week, we’ve been discussing the apparent attempt by a young Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest flight on Christmas Day. Al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen reportedly sent the man on that mission.  Our partner, the BBC, just sent Owen Bennett-Jones, the host of “Newshour," to Yemen. He brings us a report on this complex and conflicted country.

Comments [1]

WQXR News

Intelligence Officials Submit Prelim Report

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The report addresses how Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

Comment

The Takeaway

After Botched Terror Plot, Reactions on Yemen

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Nigerian man who attempted to blow up a Northwest jetliner last week had spent months in Yemen, a country some are concerned is becoming a new training ground for al-Qaida. We speak first with Khalid Ezzelarab, BBC Arabic reporter, about how people in Yemen are responding to this story.  Then we hear from Brian O'Neill, independent analyst and expert on Yemen security, about how American engagement with the tiny Arabian country could change.

Comments [2]

WQXR News

Spotlight on US Security

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The attempted bombing of Flight 253 has brought to light leadership vacancies at two federal agencies.

Comment

The Takeaway

Is The U.S. Fighting a Secret War in Yemen?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This week, al-Qaida militants made a rare appearance at an anti-government protest in Yemen, proclaiming that they were at war with the United States. This might sound like jihadi boilerplate, except that it came only days after reports of U.S. missiles struck suspected al Qaida sites in the small country on the tip of the Arabian peninsula.  Details are still murky, but if true, those strikes would mark a major escalation in the United States’ approach to Yemen.  This leads us to ask: is the U.S. fighting a secret war in Yemen?   Robert Worth, Middle East correspondent for The New York Times, helps us answer that question.  Gregory Johnsen also joins us; he's a Yemen expert at Princeton University

 

Comment

The Takeaway

Is Yemen the New Front for al Qaida?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In a dramatic example of how the terrorist group may have reconstituted itself in Yemen, three German nationals were killed and six other foreigners remain missing after a kidnapping on Monday. Some experts believe al Qaida is responsible; they appear to be flourishing in the Arab world's poorest nation. The Takeaway speaks with Gregory Johnsen, terrorism analyst for the Jamestown Foundation, for more.

Comment