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Deadly blast rocks Yemen military base (CNN, Oct 19, 2012):
"At least 15 Yemeni troops were killed and more than a dozen injured when suspected al-Qaeda militants attacked a heavily guarded government military base in southern Yemen Friday, security officials said."
Security official for U.S. Embassy in Yemen killed (CNN, Oct 12, 2012):
"A security official with the U.S. Embassy in Yemen was shot dead on his way to work Thursday, Yemeni officials said.The killing of Qassim Aqlan, a Yemeni national, bears the hallmarks of al Qaeda, the officials said.Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been blamed for numerous attacks in Yemen."
Drone strikes kill 5 suspected al Qaeda fighters in Yemen, officials say (CNN, Oct 4, 2012):
"Three U.S. drone strikes killed five suspected al Qaeda militants after hitting two vehicles in Yemen's southern Shabwa province, two local security officials told CNN Thursday.The first strike killed three militants in al-Saeed district, the officials said. The other two strikes were in nearby Aal Mahdi district -- with the first one missing its target, and the second killing the other two militants, they added."
In Yemen, protests mask diverse views on anti-Islam video (CNN, Sep 19, 2012):
"Many Yemenis ... have been provoked by media reports about a film called "Innocence of Muslims" that maligns the Prophet ... Last week, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Sanaa, and broke in. Clashes between security forces and demonstrators left at least four protesters dead and more than 30 people injured"
4 killed as Yemeni police, demonstrators clash at U.S. Embassy (CNN, Sep 13, 2012):
"Anger over a film that denigrates the Prophet Mohammed spread to Yemen, where four protesters died Thursday during clashes with security forces outside the U.S. Embassy"
Yemeni defense minister survives car bombing (CNN, Sep 11, 2012):
"Yemen's defense minister survived an apparent assassination attempt Tuesday when a car bomb exploded near a building he was leaving ... Eleven people were killed when the bomb exploded in the center of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, including six of the minister's guards, two government officials said."
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's second in command killed, Yemen says (CNN, Sep 10, 2012):
"Yemeni forces have killed Said al-Shihri, second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said Monday. An official military website cited a senior source saying al-Shihri was killed in an operation in Hadramawt Valley."
5 suspected al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strike, officials say (CNN, Sep 5, 2012):
"Five suspected al Qaeda members were killed Wednesday in a drone attack on a terrorist hideout in Yemen, three security officials in the restive Middle Eastern country said.The suspected U.S. strike targeted a hideout in the village of Al-Ain in Yemen's southern Hadramout province, the officials said."
Saudi Arabia arrests suspected militants, state media reports (CNN, Aug 26, 2012):
"Authorities in Saudi Arabia have disrupted a terrorist cell in Riyadh and arrested at least half a dozen suspected militants ... The purported leader is a Saudi citizen while the others are from Yemen."
14 Yemeni soldiers killed; officials blame al Qaeda (CNN, Aug 18, 2012):
"Fourteen troops were killed and seven others injured Saturday in an ambush of Yemen's headquarters of the intelligence service in Tawahi, Aden, the defense ministry and three local security officials said."
Official: Yemeni militants infiltrated Egypt before Rafah attack (CNN, Aug 18, 2012):
"Ten Yemeni militants infiltrated Egyptian soil two months ago and trained local Jihadi cells in the Sinai peninsula, a security official said Friday ... The Yemeni militants were smuggled into Sinai from Sudan ..."
Yemen elite forces attack Defense Ministry, source says (CNN, Aug 14, 2012):
"Hundreds of Republican Guards loyal to Yemen's former president attacked the Defense Ministry building ... a Defense Ministry official said. Four people were killed and nine others injured in the attack, said the official"
Officials: Dozens killed in suicide attack at Yemen wake (CNN, Aug 5, 2012):
"A suicide bomber blew himself up at a wake in southern Yemen on Saturday night, killing more than 45 people and wounding at least 41, the interior ministry said."