Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Yemen

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Yemen

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Jan. 21: Five insurgents and six Yemeni soldiers died during a violent clash in Saada, a province in northern Yemen. The insurgents were loyal to Husayn Al Huthi, a Muslim cleric who led a 2004 rebellion against the government in Saada. [Al-Jazeera, 1/21]

Feb. 13: The Yemeni government placed 13 al-Qa'ida operatives on trial who had escaped from a Yemeni prison on February 3 and were arrested four days later after a manhunt, which took the lives of 19 Yemeni security workers. Muhammad Hamdi AlAhdal, the alleged mastermind of the 2000 terrorist attacks on the USS Cole, was among the men. [BBC, 2/13]

Feb. 22: The Yemeni government placed 17 suspected members of Abu Mus'ab alZarqawi's al-Qa'ida in Iraq on trial. According to the prosecutor, the men entered the country illegally in 2004 and formed "armed gangs to attack Americans, and Yemenis who deal with them." Four of the men pleaded guilty, while the remaining 13 maintained their innocence. [MEO, 2/22]

Feb. 24: The US insisted that the Yemeni government arrest Shaykh 'Abd al-Majid alZindani, the dean of Iman University and a high-ranking official in the Islamist Reform (Islah) Party, while freezing his assets and foiling any attempts made by him to leave the country. …

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