Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Yemen

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Yemen

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Oct. 20: Ten Huthi rebels were sentenced to death for their role in violence against the government in 2008. At least five others were also jailed. Two other Huthi rebels were sentenced to death the previous week. [Al-Jazeera, 10/20]

Oct. 27: Yemeni authorities reported that they had seized an Iranian ship carrying weapons to Huthi rebels. Iran denied charges that it was supporting the rebel movement. [BBC, 10/27]

Nov. 6: Saudi air force planes entered Yemen and conducted bombing runs in an effort to combat Huthi rebels spilling over into Saudi territory. Some analysts feared that the internal situation between the Yemeni government and the rebels was becoming a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. [KT, 11/6]

Nov. 10: Yemen announced that it had signed a military cooperation deal with the United States. However, the US did not immediately confirm the report. However, a US spokeswoman did affirm that US Brigadier General Jeffrey Smith participated in talks focusing on counterterrorism efforts in Yemen on the day the agreement was allegedly signed. [VOA, AFP, 11/11]

Dec. 25: 'Abd al-Faruk 'Umar 'Abd al-Mutalib, a 23-year-old from Nigeria, carried close to 80 grams of the explosive compound PETN in his underwear and attempted to ignite the substance when his plane, US Northwest Flight 235, arrived at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. For reasons that were unclear, the bomb did not explode and the attempted bomber was taken into custody. 'Abd al-Mutalib allegedly was recruited and trained for this mission by members of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. [ABC, 12/26]

Jan. 1: General David Petraeus, head of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), announced that the US would double its $70 million security assistance program for Yemen. …

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