Al-Qaeda kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni troops:
About 15 soldiers were killed and 25 more were wounded in an attack carried out by Al-Qaeda on Friday morning against the 15th Brigade in the coastal town of Shaqrah in Abyan.
Military sources affirmed that six suicide bombers on a bomb car managed to enter the 115th Brigade after a skirmish with guards.
They said that the bombers who had explosive belts clashed with the brigade’s soldiers and others deployed inside the brigade, affirming that three officers with colonel ranks were among the killed.
The Defense Ministry said that eight al-Qaeda militants were killed, pointing out that experts managed to dissuade their explosive belts.
This attack came one day after nine soldiers of Al-Qaeda including Nadir al-Shadadi, an al-Qaeda leader, were killed in a US air raid on Thursday.
Alsahwah.net- The French Total Company has agreed to raise the prices of Yemen’s liquid natural gas after six years of the inauguration of the project . The London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi Newspaper quoted a Yemeni state source as saying that the company agreed to raise the prices from $3 to $7 per million BTUs. (TOTAL is the project manager, the sales department and a customer for over 1/3 of the LNG.)
10/16: One official said the attacker on a motorcycle killed Gen. Khaled al-Hashim on the spot and fled the scene. He said Al-Hashim was one of a number of Iraqi military experts hired by Yemen after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The attack follows a similar drive-by shooting last week that killed a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. Qassem Aqlani was on his way to work when a masked gunman on a motorcycle opened fire on him and fled the scene on Thursday, officials said.
FOUR DEAD IN AN ARMED ROBBERY OF GOVERNMENT BANK The Credit Agriculture Cooperative Bank in Al-Shohada’a neighborhood of Al-Hodeida was robbed at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday…Journalist Basim Al-Jenani said police checked surveillance cameras but found nothing because the cameras were switched off. “The looted money is estimated at 50,000,000 riyals, according to officials in the bank,” he said.
SANA’A, Oct. 17 — In a demonstration dubbed “Rooh Al-Thwara” (the Spirit March), Baleegh Al-Tamimi, the head of the Executive Authority at the Revolutionary Council in Taiz, along with protest organizers, called for the abolition of immunity granted to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Information communication technology for a more accountable Yemeni government, paper by Walid al Saqqaf
Al Qaeda in Yemen: Countering the threat from the Arabian Peninsula by Katherine Zimmerman, full article at Critical Threats Project, always worth a close read
Yemen Seizes Parcel Explosives: The Yemeni authorities seized explosives including Russian-made bombs inside a parcel that was sent from Hadramout province to the capital Sanaa on Friday, the interior ministry reported. “Half a kilo of TNT, two Russian-made bombs, a mine and 50-cm detonator were seized in Sanaa inside the package, which was supposed to contain henna,” it said.
Wikileaks Gitmo: Abu Zubaydah has known detainee (al Nashiri) since 1993,87 added that it was well known detainee has excellent contacts within both the Yemeni tribes and Yemeni security services. These contacts provided travel documents and cover for extremists. s8 lAnalyst Note: These contacts contribute to detainee’s risk if he is handed over to Yemeni officials.)
MN: Yemeni security officials, meanwhile, said they believe militants have a hit list of officials on the new government that came to power earlier this year. They expressed fears that al-Qaida has also infiltrated military ranks and has informants who report on military movements. The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Saleh, Yemen’s former president, was toppled in the country’s uprising — the fourth longtime Arab ruler to fall as a result of the Arab Spring. But constant friction between Saleh’s remaining supporters and those of his former deputy who is now president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, have added to the volatile mix.
Since Hadi’s government offensive drove al-Qaida from southern towns and cities, militants have sought refuge in mountain areas and have retaliated with assassinations of top security officials. They have also staged deadly suicide bombings targeting the military and civilian militias working alongside the army.
One of the worst attacks against the Yemeni army took place on May 21, when a suicide bomber — who turned out to be a son of a colonel — blew himself up in the middle of a military rehearsal in the capital, Sanaa, killing around 100 soldiers.
A month later, an al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated his explosives among a crowd of Yemeni police cadets, killing at least 10.
In March, al-Qaida militants launched a surprise pre-dawn attack on a southern base while troops slept, killing 185 troops and capturing 73. The fighters sprayed tents where soldiers had been sleeping with gunfire. They dumped their bodies in the desert, some beheaded, and paraded dozens of captured soldiers through a nearby town.