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Middle East Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Middle East reporter -The Wall Street Journal. Focus on jihadi movements, Syria. Formerly based in Afghanistan. Rants mine, all mine. maria.habib@wsj.com

Yemen’s Government Falls Amid Standoff

wsj.com — Yemen's president and cabinet resigned on Thursday amid a standoff with a powerful anti-American militia, signaling deep uncertainty for U.S. counterterrorism strategy in the country and the future of a drone program in what has become a cornerstone of the global war on terror.

Rebels Agree to Release Yemen President

wsj.com — Rebels demanding a greater share of power in Yemen agreed to release the U.S.-backed president in exchange for more influence in running the country's affairs, according to the state news agency. The Houthi rebels reached the deal with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Wednesday after surrounding his residence and effectively putting him under house arrest, the SABA news agency reported.

Militiamen Seize Yemen Presidential Palace, Interior Ministry Says

wsj.com — SAN'A-Shiite Muslim militiamen have taken over the presidential palace in Yemen's capital, Interior Ministry officials said Tuesday. The seizure of the presidential palace by the militiamen, known as Houthis, followed the capture less than an hour earlier of the nearby headquarters of the 5,000-strong 3rd Brigade, which serves as Yemen's...

Yemen’s Al Qaeda Branch Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

wsj.com — BEIRUT-A senior leader of al Qaeda's Yemen branch claimed responsibility for last week's attacks on French weekly Charlie Hebdo in a video statement Wednesday, saying the organization financed and planned the operation. Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a top leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claimed the organization planned the attacks with brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi.

After Guantanamo, Freed Detainees Return to Violence in Syria Battlefields

wsj.com — CASABLANCA-A decade ago, the U.S. released three hardened Moroccan militants from Guantanamo and turned them over to the Moroccan government on the assumption they wouldn't return to the battlefield. They wound up leading one of the most violent Islamist groups fighting in Syria's civil war. Their story serves as a cautionary tale days...

The Child Soldiers Who Escaped Islamic State

wsj.com — Jomah, a 17-year-old Syrian who joined Islamic State last year, sat in a circle of trainees for a lesson in beheading, a course taught to boys as young as 8. Teachers brought in three frightened Syrian soldiers, who were jeered and forced to their knees. "It was like learning to chop an onion," Jomah said.

U.S. hostage Luke Somers killed in Yemen rescue attempt

marketwatch.com — An American hostage held for more than a year by al Qaeda's Yemen branch was killed during a U.S. special operations forces raid Friday night, in the second rescue attempt in as many weeks. Luke Somers, 33, and a non-American hostage were killed by militants, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday.

American Hostage Luke Somers Killed in Rescue Attempt

online.wsj.com — An American hostage held for more than a year by al Qaeda's Yemen branch was killed during a U.S. special operations forces raid Friday night, in the second rescue attempt in as many weeks. Luke Somers, 33 years old, and a second non-American hostage were killed by militants, U.S.

Yemen Exposes Difficulties in U.S. Strategy to Combat Extremist Militants

online.wsj.com — The steady weakening of Yemen's pro-U.S. government over the past two months has exposed some of the same difficulties Washington faces in its efforts to battle extremist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The Yemeni government, which had been a bulwark in the fight against the country's potent al Qaeda offshoot, collapsed in September after Shiite-linked rebels known as Houthis attacked the capital San'a.

Bomb Explodes Outside Iranian Ambassador’s Residence in Yemen

online.wsj.com — SAN'A, Yemen-A bomb exploded outside the Iranian Ambassador's residence in San'a Wednesday morning, killing a security guard and two passersby, Yemen's interior ministry officials said, an escalation in already mounting Sunni-Shiite tensions. The newly appointed ambassador, Hossein Niknam, presented his credentials to the Yemeni foreign ministry within the last week, according to Iranian state media, and was unharmed in the blast.
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Jan 26, 2015

Abandoned as a child bride, wife of India’s prime minister hopes he calls wapo.st/1tcOfIg via @washingtonpost

Jan 26, 2015

ANALYSIS-Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi'ite group's takeover trust.org/item/201501250… via @TR_Foundation

Jan 26, 2015

Saudi Strives to Display Stability with Appointments Amid Regional Turmoil on.wsj.com/1t57tj5 via @WSJ

Jan 23, 2015

Saudi King was considered a reformer and was popular. Will we see a clamp down on modest reforms w/ succession? on.wsj.com/1uzNfii @WSJ

Jan 23, 2015

RT @GalalAmrG: "Gonna dye my hair black. That'll stop me from looking 80," said every Arab leader.

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