Yemen Correspondent, The Times
Freelance journalist. The Times (of London) Yemen correspondent. Living and learning in Yemen since 2010. Once upon a time I trained racehorses. © All views.
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esquire.com — In a landmark speech on counterterrorism yesterday, President Obama outlined rules for the conduct of lethal operations abroad. The speech itself may mark a turning point as the president tries to steer the country away from "perpetual war," and toward a counterterrorism policy that better balances security and rights.
foreignpolicy.com — In the midst of Yemen's Arab Spring uprising in 2011, villagers in Bani Jormooz, a strategic district north of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, overran a pair of Republican Guard bases, killing the commander of one. In response, the military allegedly unleashed a brutal campaign of collective reprisals, destroying the village's water supplies and laying approximately 8,000 anti-personnel landmines in agricultural land.
bbc.co.uk — At least 17 children have been burned to death after a gas cylinder exploded on their school bus in eastern Pakistan, police have said. Several more children were taken to hospital after the blast, which caused the bus to catch fire. The incident took place on the outskirts of the city of Gujrat.
salon.com — A group of journalists including Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, Amy Goodman and Kevin Gosztola - all of whom have closely followed the Bradley Manning pretrial proceedings - are filing suit to see the veil of fierce military secrecy lifted from the accused whistleblower's court martial.
bbc.co.uk — MI5 asked Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo if he wanted to work for them, a childhood friend has said. Abu Nusaybah told BBC Two's Newsnight his friend had revealed to him six months ago that the security service had been "knocking on his door".
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