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Suicide attacks target Yemeni forces
Mar 4th 2012, 22:27

ADEN — Suspected Al Qaeda gunmen have shot dead a police officer in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, a security official said on Sunday, the latest in a spate of attacks against Yemen's security forces.

"Gunmen in a pickup truck opened fire (late Saturday) with machineguns at Colonel Shaef Al Nahmi, deputy security head of Shibam," the official said, referring to the historic city in Hadramawt province.

Nahmi "died immediately," the official said, adding that the gunmen, who quickly fled, "most likely belong to Al Qaeda."

Attacks on security forces have increased over the past week since interim President Abdrabuh Masur Hadi, who has vowed to continue his predecessor's fight against the network, was sworn in on February 25.

The extremists have been mainly targeting elite Republican Guard troops commanded by Ahmed, the son of Ali Abdullah Saleh who has ruled Yemen for three decades before bowing to domestic and international pressures and handing power over to Hadi.

On Saturday, military sources said that two suicide bombers killed a Yemeni soldier as they blew up a vehicle at a Republican Guard camp in Bayda, a week after a similar attack in Hadramawt claimed by Al Qaeda left 26 dead.

Also on Saturday, two policemen with the central security services, commanded by Saleh's nephew Yehya, were wounded when roadside bombs planted in their camp exploded in Hadramawt's provincial capital Mukala.

Saleh had declared himself a US ally in its "war on terror" but some of his opponents accused him of exaggerating the Al Qaeda threat in a bid to win Western support to cling on to power.

Critics charge he may even have deliberately surrendered cities such as the Abyan provincial capital Zinjibar, which has been under the control of Al-Qaeda linked militants since last May.

A man holds a placard during a demonstration
Feb 25th 2012, 01:30

A man holds a placard during a demonstration against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad outside the Syrian embassy in central London on October 29, 2011. UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Syria "immediately" to end attacks on civilians, a day after dozens of people were killed in a fierce *****down on dissent and 17 troops died in clashes with suspected army deserters. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) 2011 AFP

Libya schools after gaddaffi
Feb 17th 2012, 06:53

This school in Misrata shows little evidence of the devastation that has made it the most war-wrecked city in Libya, but the country's psychic scars are everywhere., Davide Monteleone / VII for Newsweek

The prisoner's confused gaze flits from one captor to the next as they bellow and shriek at him. He had

red marks on his forehead and a swollen eye. Tufts of feathery gray hair surround his head like a badly drawn halo. He sits on the edge of his chair and attempts a conciliatory smile. It's no use. The captors break into song, angrily clapping in time. "With our souls, our blood, we sacrifice ourselves for you, our leader," they snarl. The man's lips move, almost imperceptibly. It's a song he wrote, a paean to Muammar Gaddafi. His name is Ahmed Ibrahim; he was the Libyan dictator's minister of education. "Come on!" one of the men yells in his face. "Join in!" Ahmed Ibrahim lowers his eyes, and the side of his mouth twitches. He is emaciated, weak. His jailers didn't even bother to tie him up.

The video ends, and Anwar Suwan slips his cellphone back into his pocket. The marks on Ibrahim's forehead, the bruised eye—did his captors beat him? "Of course we beat him!" the militia commander exclaims. "Do you know who Ahmed Ibrahim really was? A close relative of Gaddafi—killed people arbitrarily, threw them into prison holes where they would never see the sun again." He makes a gesture of contempt. "We put him in a cage in the prison yard," he says, smiling. "Whenever anybody enters, he has to bark." Suwan laughs. "We beat them all, don't worry. And we beat Ahmed Ibrahim extra hard. We need to know where he stashed away his money."

No one can say when or if Libya will ever recover from Gaddafi's 42-year reign of psychosis. It's not just a matter of the untold thousands who were imprisoned, tortured, and killed in those four decades, although that in itself remains a staggering social problem. Today the country is full of armed men like Suwan who live to settle those old scores—or worse, those who now see their chance to grab a share of the power that Gaddafi and his men once misused. Militias that once fought together against the regime are now battling each other for control of a road junction, a building, a rural airfield. But there's another, quieter struggle: if you look around, you see people trying to heal a mangled society. Whether they can do it remains to be seen.

"Our goal is change from the inside out," says the seminar leader. She's dressed in skinny jeans, sequined ballerina flats, and a light-colored hijab—no makeup. Women her mother's age sit in a semicircle around her. "We need to remove everything negative left over from the last regime," she says, and begins writing a list of class rules on the blackboard: "(1) Respect the new system. (2) Turn off cellphones. (3) Talk directly, not secretively." She's been sent here by the Tripoli City Council to help retrain the teachers at one of the city's most venerable schools, Jalaa Elementary. Not far away is Martyrs' Square, where the revolution hit the capital a year ago.

Much of what the instructor says may smack of self-help platitudes, but the women listen raptly. "First of all, one needs to know oneself," she tells them. Schools in Gaddafi's Libya were all about following instructions, never about thinking for yourself. Now the time has come to loosen the ropes. "If you disagree with anything, you have to speak up," the instructor says. "Silence is participating in negativity." She dashes back to the blackboard to write down the basis of democracy: "The right to disagree and solve conflict without fighting." One by one, the women share their thoughts on the importance of free speech. "In other countries, they show everything on TV, the bad stuff too," says one in a Gucci-inspired hijab. "We shouldn't feel shame over such things."

Another teacher speaks up. She wears a crocheted cellphone purse over her shoulder, in the new Libyan colors: red, black, and green. "This country was hostile to children," she says. "Asking questions is a child's nature. Questions were forbidden. Now both they and we have to start asking questions." She pauses. "The wonderful thing is, for the first time in my life, I can sit in a group and speak my mind freely." The instructor beams. "See? The course is already bearing fruit," she says. "Remember! We have freedom now! Do not hesitate! To solve the problems, we need to talk our way through them!"


Three killed in Libya tribal clashes
Feb 13th 2012, 11:43

Three killed in Libya tribal clashes

TRIPOLI, Feb 13 (Reuters) - At least three people have

been killed in clashes between rival tribes over control of

territory in the far southeast of Libya, a security official

said on Monday, highlighting the challenge of policing the

country's sparsely populated desert.

Violence broke out on Sunday in the remote southeastern

province of Al Kufra and continued into Monday.

Local gunmen clashed with fighters from the Tibu ethnic

group led by Isa Abdel Majid, whom the locals accuse of bringing

in people from neighbouring Chad and trying to base them in a

nearby oasis, Abdelbari Idriss, the security official, told

Reuters from Al Kufra.

Abdel Majid's men had set up camp in the town of Jalu on

Sunday night and were holding out there, Idriss said. It was not

immediately possible to contact Abdel Majid, who supported the

Libyan rebels during the 2011 uprising, nor to obtain further

details about the clashes. The Tibu are mainly found in northern

Chad but also inhabit parts of southern Libya, Sudan and Niger.

In Al Kufra, tribal ties are far more powerful than they are

on the country's Mediterranean seaboard. A tribal rebellion in

2009 was suppressed only after Muammar Gaddafi sent in

helicopter gunships, while in 2011, Sudan sent in weapons to

help Libyan rebels wrest control of the area.

The remote region is also a hub for smugglers crisscrossing

the borders of sub-Saharan Africa. Al Kufra is closer to the

Sudanese capital Khartoum than it is to Tripoli.

Libya's National Transitional Council has struggled to

assert its authority as rival regional militias and tribal

groups jostle for power and resources following the fall of


(Reporting by Ali Shuaib; Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by

Giles Elgood)


Iran to announce nuclear progress:
Feb 11th 2012, 22:34

Iran to announce nuclear progress: Ahmadinejad

By Parisa Hafezi and Mitra Amiri

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures while speaking at the 25th International …
Enlarge PhotoIran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a ceremony to mark the 33rd anniversary …

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that the Islamic Republic, targeted by tougher Western sanctions, would soon announce advances in its nuclear program.

He was speaking on the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah. Tens of thousands of Iranians joined state-organized rallies to mark the occasion.

"In the coming days the world will witness Iran's announcement of its very important and very major nuclear achievements," Ahmadinejad told a crowd at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square in a speech relayed live on state television.

Demonstrators carrying Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America." Ismail Haniya, who heads the Islamist Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, also attended the ceremony.

Ahmadinejad gave no details of how Iran's nuclear work, which Tehran says has only peaceful purposes, has progressed.

The United States and Israel, a country which Iran does not recognize, have not ruled out military action if sanctions fail.

Iran has warned of a "painful" answer, saying it would hit Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf as well as block the vital Gulf oil shipping route through the Strait of Hormuz.

"If attacked by the Zionist regime (Israel), we will turn it to dust," said a Revolutionary Guards commander, Mohammad Shirdel, semi-official Fars news agency reported Saturday.

"Thousands of our missiles will target Israel and the 40 bases of America in the region," he added.

The nuclear dispute has fuelled tension as the West tightens sanctions. The European Union has agreed to ban Iranian oil imports by July and to freeze the assets of Iran's central bank.

Its measures reinforce those imposed by the United States as the West tries to force Tehran to return to talks before it produces enough nuclear material for an atomic bomb.

Neither side has shown much appetite for compromise. Iran says it will fight EU sanctions with counter-measures and its parliament plans legislation to ban oil exports to the EU.

Iranian officials brush off the impact of sanctions, while also proclaiming that Iranians will endure any hardship in support of their country's right to nuclear technology.

"I am saying openly that if you (the West) continue to use the language of force and threat, our nation will never succumb to your pressure," Ahmadinejad said.

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