Chronology: Yemen

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July 25: Eight Yemenis were killed and 18 others wounded when southern separatists attacked Yemeni security forces in the southern Abyan Province. The insurgents, alleged to be affiliates of Tariq al-Fafhli, were holding a sit-in in front of a central security camp that turned into an attempt to free prisoners using RPGs and machine guns. Abyan Province was the center of anti-government protests and suspected al-Qa'ida activity. [YO, 7/25]

Aug. 11: Two Yemeni citizens, Shaykh Muhammed 'Ali Hasan al-Muayad and his assistant, returned home after serving six years in a US prison. The two had been arrested in 2003 and convicted of supporting terrorist organizations, including al-Qa'ida. [AA, 8/11]

Aug. 17: Led by Senator John McCain, a groups of US Senators arrived in Yemen to conduct talks between the Yemeni government and the Zaydi Huthi fighters amidst continuing unrest in the southern Sa'ada region. The visit was a part of a Middle East tour which included Iraq's Kurdish region. [Al-Jazeera, 8/17]

Sept. 2: Yemen named 'Ali al-Bujayri as its first Ambassador to Iraq since the United States' invasion in 2003. Yemen had had normal relations with Iraq prior to the fall of Saddam Husayn's regime. [KT, 9/2]

Sept. 5: Fighting between Huthi rebels and the Yemeni government broke out again, as a truce, which appeared to be in effect on September 4, collapsed. Both sides blamed one another for the renewed hostilities. [BBC, 9/5]

Sept. 11: Fawziya Ammudi, a 12-year-old Yemeni girl, died giving birth to a child, who also died in the process. Ammodi had been married to a 24-year-old man in 2008. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) called such marriages a violation of children's rights. The Yemeni Parliament had tried to pass a minimum age law in February but conservative parliamentarians blocked it, saying such legislation would violate Islamic law. …