Tuesday, January 17, 2012

YemenWatch: Wednesday January 17, 2012

It's been awhile since I've written about Yemen.  Things there are still in a state of flux, to put it mildly.  So what's going on?

In late December President Saleh said he was going to the United States.  Yemenis, along with the UN and human rights organizations, are upset about an immunity deal for Saleh.  The United States is worried that AQAP (Al-Qa'eda Arabian Peninsula) may make inroads during the unrest and power vacuum.

AQAP has taken over the town of Rada.  Saleh's party and the Islamic Islah party are blaming each other for this event.

HOOD (Yemeni human rights organization) says that hundreds of people, many of them soldiers, are being tortured in camps belonging to Saleh.

The current capital of Yemen, is Sana'a, but there is talk of moving it to Aden.  Aden is a port city, and was the capital city of South Yemen, before unification.  It also has an international airport (like Sana'a).

I'll have more later.


Anonymous said...

Any news about A defector's strange disappearance?

Anonymous said...

OMG, do you see whats occurring in Syria? In spite of a brutal government crackdown, the demonstrations continue

Ali Gator said...

Which defector? In Yemen?