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What happened there was a horrific and terrible problem inflicted on innocent Somali people. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is responsible for it.
We are distressed by this incident and understand that refugees were travelling in a vessel off the coast of Hodeidah which was reportedly impacted during the course of hostilities.
Our confirmation is that there are dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals.
We are distressed by this incident and understand that refugees were travelling in a vessel off the coast of Hudaydah which was reportedly impacted during the course of hostilities.
We had very much hoped that the new cranes, replacing those destroyed by the airstrikes, would increase the flow of food and other essentials into Yemen in order to stave off the looming risk of famine.
Honestly, I'm just trying to focus on the tennis.
They asked people where they were from and inspected their hands to see if they had been using weapons. One passenger was taken off the bus. He didn't get back on. Sometimes the bombing is so loud it rings in your ears and we have to evacuate the club. But the next day the kids still want to play.
We found one piece, metal and charred, it was arm-length. It fell on the court.
Syria is just the tip of the iceberg. In Afghanistan and Yemen today, international humanitarian organizations ...report attacks on health facilities every week. Patients have been shot while traveling in ambulances in Colombia, ambulances are used in suicide attacks in Afghanistan, doctors are murdered in Somalia, and hospitals bombed in Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya.
This is a major new development in a military intervention launched by the Obama White House without public discussion or a declaration of war. Obama started US involvement in Yemen secretly and illegally, and to escalate to ground war–to putting US troops in harm's way–without so much as a go-ahead from Congress would be a serious mistake.
The U.S. role in the war is substantial. Saudi Arabia buys most of its weapons from the U.S. Its pilots are trained by the United States. And the United States refuels Saudi planes in the air. The U.S. military is widely believed to be helping the Saudis choose targets. And U.S. special [operations] forces are on the ground in Yemen, ostensibly to fight local al Qaeda outfits.
All of those killed were civilians, none were holding weapons.
We are here to tell the United Nations that it is now accused of (contributing to) the starvation of the people of Yemen. It is now responsible for the displacement of the Yemeni people. We are here for all Yemeni people, not a certain political party.
US forces will continue to target AQAP militants and facilities in order to disrupt the terrorist organization's plots, and ultimately to protect American lives. AQAP is the organization that has more American blood on its hands. It is a deadly terrorist organization that has proven itself to be very effective in targeting and killing Americans, and they have intent and aspirations to continue doing so. We are working to stop them from that.
U.S. forces will continue to target AQAP militants and facilities in order to disrupt the terrorist organization's plots and, ultimately, to protect American lives.
Some homes were damaged in the attack. The house of Atef Saad, an AQAP leader, was partially damaged due to a missile that exploded next to his home. We were told that he was not in his house at that time.
The fact that [Al Masra] would put this so prominently on the front page – as lead article – indicates it has traction, that this is a way to win support. It plays entirely into their narrative that they were right about the West's war on Islam all along. It shows us how much al-Qaeda is trying to capitalize on some of the policies of the Trump administration. Trump has created an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America – it was previously on America but also on many other targets like Shiites in Yemen, Iraq and even Syria – but this has really refocused attention on America itself.
We believe that the soldiers were American because they came from the battleships and it is known to the fishermen and locals in the area that the battleships in that area are American. The locals saw them from a distance of about one kilometer [0.6 mile] away.
Footprints from soldiers and police dogs have been seen in the area of Mowjan. . . . We are also looking into the purpose behind the American soldiers' landing in the area and what their mission was.
We have U.S. Special Operations forces that go in and out of Yemen to assist our partner forces in fighting al-Qaeda.
President Trump likes to boast about how, as president, he’s in an exquisite position to judge the value of news reports coming out of the White House. “Here’s the thing: The public isn’t - you know, they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don’t know if it’s true or false because they’re not involved, ” said Trump at that memorable Feb. 16 news conference. “I’m involved. I’ve been involved with this stuff all my life. But I’m involved. So I know when you’re telling the truth or when you’re not. I just see many, many untruthful things.”.
On top of a devastating, nearly two year-long war, Yemen is now home to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Millions are on the brink of famine, more than two-thirds of the entire population are struggling to feed themselves and nearly half a million children are suffering from severe and acute malnutrition. The UN estimates that a child now dies in Yemen every ten minutes from a preventable disease.
We don't want anyone to fall through the cracks.
No one is going to fall through the cracks.
Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice – in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope. Our citizens deserve this, and so much more – so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.
Ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation. This was a mission that was started before I got here. And they lost Ryan. I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies. Ryan's legacy, is etched into eternity. And Ryan is looking down right now. You know that.
This was something they wanted to do. They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected, the most respected that we've had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan. I can understand people saying that. I'd feel - you know, I'd feel, what's worse? There's nothing worse.
I just spoke to [Defense Secretary] General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies. This was something that was, you know, just - they wanted to do. And they came to see me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. And they lost Ryan.
Well, this was a mission that was started before I got here. My generals are the most respected that we've had in many decades, I believe, and they lost Ryan. I met most of the family, and I can understand people saying that. I'd feel you know, I'd feel – what's worse?
But again this is something they (U.S. military officials) were looking at for a long time now.
This also means access to the ports so that the needed imports can enter Yemen. Seven million people don't know where their next meal is coming from and we now face a serious risk of famine.
Certainly the Obama administration, particularly by the end of its 8-year run, was very cautious in moving forward with any kind of military activity. A new administration I think naturally is going to be spring-loaded to move out and demonstrate something. When we look at evidently very little actual intelligence out, the loss of a high performance aircraft and above all the loss of a highly trained special forces member of SEAL Team 6, I think we need to understand why this mission, why now, what happened, and what the actual output was.
We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our nation. Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.
I can understand people saying that. I say, What do all these people do?' You don't need all those jobs. That's not a bad thing. That's a good thing. We're running a very good, efficient government. I also understand that's politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that's politics. And it will probably continue. I'm changing things that (Obama) wanted to do. He "would have handled it differently than Sean. But Sean handles it his way and I'm OK with it.
We gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil. He was able to obtain through that raid, as I said before, [information that] is going to save American lives. The mission was successful in helping prevent future attack or attacks on this nation.
I haven't had the chance to speak with [Trump] directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that.
It's absolutely a success, and I think anyone who would suggest it's not a success does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens. He fought knowing what was at stake in that mission. And anybody who would suggest otherwise doesn't fully appreciate how successful that mission was.
I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that. I know that he paid the ultimate sacrifice when he went on that mission. And I know that the mission has a lot of different critics, but it did yield a substantial amount of very important intel and resources that helped save American lives and other lives.
We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism and reaching stability in Syria across or through a political transition and to face the state of Iran, which interferes not only in Syria but in Iraq and Yemen and in other countries.
Despite some generous pledges, just US$90 million has actually been received so far. We are in the beginning of the year but these numbers are very worrying. Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are facing a tragedy.
The manner in which the parties to the conflict are waging this war is taking an unacceptable toll on the civilian population in Yemen and as illustrated by this most recent tragedy, women and children are paying with their lives. I am alarmed to see this tragic loss of life further escalate the fighting, with reports of a retaliatory ballistic missile strike into Saudi Arabia's Asir region.
If you want to hunt al Qaeda, you can find them in the surrounding mountains not in this small village. ... The Americans' information was wrong.
Hours later, we pulled her body back and found the child unconscious but alive, covered in his mother's blood.
There was random shooting at anything that moved, the entire place was on fire. If you have a head, you better keep it down. This is what we did.
Nothing survived, even the cows and the sheep were shot dead.
Since the fourth quarter of 2016, we ran out of all the medications we have in storage and the patients now suffer from lack of availability and are forced to search for it in the local market for higher prices.
Currently more than 14.8 million people lack access to basic healthcare, with less than 45 percent of health facilities still functioning. Health care workers have not received their salaries regularly for about six months. Medical supplies are in chronic shortage. Many Yemeni people die in silence and are largely unaccounted for, unnoticed and unrecorded.
My understanding of the parameters of the raid were, they wanted to capture individuals. The objective was to kill the bad guys, but also capture some of them.
Owens "fought knowing what was at stake in that mission.
When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success.
When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, [an] American life is lost … I don't believe that you can call it a success. Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who [went] on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their bravery and courage and willingness to sacrifice for their fellow Americans who were being held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story.
Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. A staggering 7.3 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from. If there is no immediate action, and despite the ongoing humanitarian efforts, famine is now a real possibility for 2017. Malnutrition is rife, and is rising at an alarming rate.
In Yemen, if bombs don't kill you, a slow and painful death by starvation is now an increasing threat.
The objective was site exploitation to find out more about how AQAP operates, functions, and how they communicate with each other.
"My understanding of the parameters of the raid were, they wanted to capture individuals,". "The objective was to kill the bad guys but also capture some of them,".
I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success. When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success. Many years ago, when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs. Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated, but the brave men who took – risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes.
"He fought knowing what was at stake in that mission,"
Yemen suffers most directly from the threat of AQAP and President Hadi has been a stalwart partner in the fight against AQAP and ISIS. We will continue to work with him and his representatives to ensure that this important partnership remains solid in order to ultimately eradicate AQAP/ISIS from Yemen. The United States conducts operations consistent with international law and in coordination with the government of Yemen. We will not relent in our mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al Qaeda and ISIS.
"When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success,". "My understanding of the parameters of the raid were they wanted to capture individuals and obviously they didn't want to kill children or women and obviously it was not the intention to lose a $75 million airplane as well as the loss of a life,". "So I believe those were the parameters with which they embarked on the mission. Obviously that didn't happen".
"Anybody who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and a disservice to the life of Chief Owens,". "That's my message to anybody who says that. Anybody. I don't know how much clearer I can be.".
The raid that was conducted in Yemen was an intelligence-gathering raid. That's what it was. It was highly successful. It achieved the purpose it was going to get, save the loss of life that we suffered and the injuries that occurred.
I'm answering the question, please let me finish. The raid, the action that was taken in Yemen was a huge success. American lives will be saved because of it. Future attacks will be prevented. The life of Chief Ryan Owens was done in service to this country and we owe him and his family a great debt for the information that we received during that raid. I think any suggestion otherwise is a disservice to his courageous life and the actions he took, full stop. That's my message to anybody who says that, anybody. I don't know how much clearer I can be.
The situation in Yemen is catastrophic and rapidly deteriorating, . Nearly 3.3 million people - including 2.1 million children - are acutely malnourished.
"The situation in Yemen is catastrophic and rapidly deteriorating,". "Nearly 3.3 million people - including 2.1 million children - are acutely malnourished".
Certainly if the goal is to capture the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, that didn't happen. It wasn't successful in that regard. On the other hand, a number of al Qaeda leaders were killed, and al Qaeda was disrupted, at least in terms of that cell. They understand that the U.S. is willing to lean forward and perhaps they're being deterred or disrupted in their activities. And we may have collected incredibly valuable intelligence that will lead to further disruptions and further counterterrorism activities down the road.
CENTCOM asks for operations we believe have a good chance for success and when we ask for authorization we certainly believe there is a chance of successful operations based on our planning.
Iran right now is playing the Yemen card as part of a larger geopolitical rivalry with Saudi Arabia. That was not thought through carefully. This moment, with the missile, is actually an opportunity for the Trump administration to come out and say, We're not against the people, we're against the policies of the regime that happens to rule Iran today.
Iran will continue to test its capabilities in ballistic missiles and Iran will not ask any country for permission in defending itself. Iran is the strongest power in the region and has a lot of political, economic and military power and will not pay any attention to threats from America.
The bigger picture is containing al Qaeda influence's in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia's whole premise for entering into the Yemen conflict was to contain Iran.
This is a real change in U.S. policy ... Trump will hopefully notice that it is al Qaeda and [ISIS] that are the main threat in the region.
Knowing that we killed an estimated 14 AQAP members and that we gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil – is something that I think most service members understand, that that's why they joined the service.
The raid ... is a good example of what not to do. The use of U.S. troops and the high number of civilian casualties ... are deeply inflammatory and breed anti-American resentment across the Yemeni political spectrum that works to the advantage of AQAP.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has a horrifying history of hiding women and children within militant operating areas and terrorist camps, and continuously shows a callous disregard for innocent lives. That's what makes cases like these so especially tragic.
This is unfair. I want him to feel as I feel, you know?
These are all children, parents and the spouses of U.S. citizens. It's super frustrating. They're running out of money. Djibouti is very expensive. They can't go back to Yemen, they would be killed.
The perception will be that it's not enough to kill al-Awlaki. That the US had to kill the entire family.
What worries us is the severe acute malnutrition because it is killing children. Because of the crumbling health system, the conflict and economic crisis, we have gone back to 10 years ago. A decade has been lost in health gains. We managed to bring supplies into the country. We have 50 percent in the country secured for this year.
They [the SEALs] entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women. They burned the house. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. All we know is that she was a children's teacher.
Sudan, Iran and Yemen officially punish homosexuality with death, and Iraq, a country that has seen killing sprees of people perceived as gay or transgender, has never held a single perpetrator responsible. The governments of Libya, Syria and Somalia punish homosexuality with prison – even up to 10 years. Thanks to President Trump's executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die.
I can't imagine too many people out there watching this right now think it's unreasonable to ask a few more questions from someone travelling in and out of Libya and Yemen before being let loose in the United States. And that's all this is.
Americans are saddened this morning with the news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism. The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safe nation and freer world. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.
He extends his condolences. But more importantly, he understands the fight that our servicemen and women conduct on a daily basis to keep this country safe. If [U.S. forces] are going to go to out there and put their lives on the line every day to fight ISIS, to fight other people who are seeking to do us harm … we do our part to make sure that we're not having an open door to allow [those] people to march right into our country.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members. The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.
Next, the gunmen opened fire at the U.S. soldiers who left the area, and the helicopters bombed the gunmen and a number of homes and led to a large number of casualties.
Overall, the plight of children remains grim, with a child under the age of five dying every 10 minutes of preventable causes. Since the hostilities began in March 2015, more than 1,400 children have been killed and over 2,140 injured.
We need to help the private sector to be able to do what they do best and for that we need a functioning (central) bank.
If we have only got three months supply, there is a possibility there will be a gap for a period of time. One of the big concerns is how do we get liquidity into the system to allow people like importers to bring in these key commodities? What happens next, no one is quite sure. Without the money, starvation is looming large.
They are forcing others to put on the table new solutions.
The economy has become part of the conflict equation.
Who do we talk to? America? Where is America? They would kill two or three from al-Qaida on one hand and 10 or 15 civilians on the other hand. Where is this al-Qaida they claim to be killing? ... There are many other incidents like ours due to drones.
Iran and Saudi Arabia were able to actually stop impeding the process of the presidential election in Lebanon. We have a success story.
I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work together to put an end to miserable conditions of the people in Syria and Yemen and Bahrain and elsewhere in the region.
Some of them are related to being displaced people, some of it related to gender-based violence.
There are about 11 million people in this country who need some sort of protection in terms of human rights, to protect their dignity and their safety. And there's another 2.9 million living in acutely affected areas, who require legal and other types of support.
This is something he's been developing in dialogue with the various parties and that dialogue will continue.
This once more underscores the need to resolve the situation in Yemen without any further delay. There's been a huge humanitarian cost.
It is absolutely critical for the authorities and the people themselves to ... be able to monitor these shocks so ... they can take early action to prevent it from turning into a big disaster. In terms of numbers, Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
From a security point of view, if we don't give those people the chance to work, what alternatives will young people have?
People's access to food is rapidly worsening and urgent action is needed.
This is the latest example of how attacks on civilian areas continue to kill and injure children in Yemen. Instead of learning, children are witnessing death, war and destruction. Schools should be zones of peace at all times, a sanctuary where children can learn, grow, play and be safe. Children should never risk their lives only to attend school.
The main problem we're now facing is in the management of waste in Yemen that is posing a real danger to the general health of residents.
It requires expertise and an immediate resolution, otherwise ... Sanaa will disappear from the map.
We call on parties to the conflict to give us unhindered access to children in need across the country so we are able to deliver nutrition supplies, treat malnourished children and support Yemen's health services.
Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing. The state of health of children in the Middle East's poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.
The Colombian peace agreement is a ray of hope in a world troubled by so many conflicts and so much intolerance. It proves that what, at first, seems impossible, through perseverance may become possible even in Syria or Yemen or South Sudan.
But I must share my profound concern about the present suffering of the people of Yemen.
Her health remains chronic, and her bones remain fragile due to stunted growth. In all likelihood, they will never return to normal.
It was necessary to form the government, and we must resist as we've suffered patiently for almost two years. A government has to be formed, and Yemen is rich with its men, rich with intellectuals, rich with learned and educated people, who understand what they need to do for the benefit of the people.
There's lots of weapons going back and forth, it's absolutely impossible to control that sea.
This report provides evidence suggesting Iran is playing a hand in supplying weapons to the conflict in Yemen.
In 2015, our own forces reported 160 Iranian boats fishing in our seas without permission. There's no way of verifying them. There's lots of weapons going back and forth, it's absolutely impossible to control that sea.
We need distant bases, and it may become possible one day to have bases on the shores of Yemen or Syria, or bases on islands or floating (bases). Is having distant bases less than nuclear technology? I say it is worth dozens of times more.
But the ports infrastructure has been destroyed by the coalition.
There is no more work left for us. We used to have three or four ships at the port and we would unload them in two or three days. Now, only ships with their own cranes are allowed to enter.
Until just before 2015, Hodeidah port achieved a boom in revenues in non-oil resources exceeding 30 percent in average growth. But the ports infrastructure has been destroyed by the coalition.
The port's capacity was severely curtailed since the coalition aircraft destroyed the four cranes.
It is now struggling to stay open.
It is important to note here the conspiracy against the missile forces in Yemen. (There has been) an American conspiracy to dismantle the Yemeni army through so-called 'restructuring' ... to pave the way for the spread of chaos.
We have information that there are Lebanese working with the (Houthi) militias belonging to Hezbollah ... We know they are there, we know they help them renew and maintain the missiles.
The Arab coalition has heeded a request by the Yemeni government and the international community and declared a truce, but any truce without monitoring on the ground is useless because we are facing an armed militia.
I remind all parties that terms and conditions of cessation of hostilities include a full and comprehensive halt to military activities.
After seven years the Arab-Israeli peace process is at a standstill, al Qaeda terrorism has been replaced by ISIS terrorism. The situation in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen are in shambles. Iranian regional bullying is shamelessly escalating.
There is a huge network of smuggling those weapons moving around. They try to camouflage ... We were tracking them and when they stopped in the area of the 55th Brigade of the Republican Guard we attacked them in the night.
It was so late at night that it was only the smugglers and the Houthi rebels around those vehicles.
Attacks like these are not common and take a certain amount of training and resources to achieve. It will obviously raise concerns for shipping in the area.
The United States will continue to underscore to the coalition the need to take all feasible measures to reduce civilian casualties and target precisely, including verifying targets against a no-strike list.
The Houthis realize they probably won't reconquer southern lands, so they have strengthened their base with its own administration, while the government wants as many state tools under its control and serving its interests as possible. But moves like these deepen distrust on both sides and delay negotiations which everybody realizes are the only way to end the conflict.
We have become an independent state thanks to God and the leadership of the Arab coalition ... southern lands have been liberated by the blood of her sons and have loosed the bonds of unity which brought only terrorism, cronyism, and the looting of the people's wealth.
The hereditary rulers of the UAE are clearly and blatantly advancing a separatist agenda.
It is really a dire situation on the ground. When you see mothers who have little to eat themselves and they see their children slipping away, it just breaks your heart.
Nearly 10,000 deaths of children under five years may have occurred due to declining health care, this crumbling health system. Six-hundred health facilities have stopped working, and a fifth of all vaccination centres and district vaccine stores remain closed.
The latest figures I got this morning is that the number of cases is increasing, and that there are, as of 27th October, 1,410 suspected cholera cases in 10 out of Yemen's 23 governorates.
We did not catch or pick up all the ships. It's fortunate we were able to find [these ships]. There certainly are others.
Since that overt weapons shipment, I think that you can connect the dots that those things have been working their way, higher end weapons systems have found their way to Yemen, and they didn't just appear on their own.
It's not something that's going to come with an instruction manual. We think that Iran had some hand in this.
In case there is a further attack we want to know about that network and how they do their business.
The radar sites will be re-set. I absolutely believe the capability still exists. The radar sites, we disrupted their capabilities, we did not take away their capabilities.
Either US ships or coalition ships ... intercepted four weapons shipments from Iran to Yemen. We know they came from Iran and we know the destination.
We believe that Iran is connected to this in some way.
We emphasize our conviction that all proposals are doomed to failure if (they don't reject the) excesses of the coup, which is the mother of all these calamities and the root of the evils.
The legitimate government remains committed to restraint in recognition of the efforts of UN and for the sake of achieving the peace which has been rejected by the coup militias,' Ahmar said in a statement on his official Facebook page.
Yes it's a terrible tragedy and we expect that people will be held accountable and punished. We expect that compensation will be paid to the victims. Whoever is responsible for the death of 140 people must be held accountable. There is no but, if, where, or what.
We reiterate the Special Envoy's request to allow 'free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies.
Hopefully this nationwide cessation will provide humanitarian agencies and organizations the opportunity to respond in areas that have been cut off or are hard to reach in all of Yemen.
Peace is our permanent choice.
We are still assessing the situation. There are still some aspects to this that we are trying to clarify for ourselves given the threat -- the potential threat -- to our people. So this is still a situation that we're assessing closely.
There's the difference in credit rating, but also U.S. investors have a different view on the Saudis. They'll consider the Saudis' engagement in Yemen, the much bigger budget deficit, some political uncertainty. I think even if the Saudis printed only $1 billion, they would still have to pay more than Qatar.
This is the time to implement a cease fire unconditionally and then move to the negotiating table,' U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after meeting in London with U.N. peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and his counterparts from Britain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, which is leading an air campaign in Yemen.
It is a crisis now of enormous proportions with an increasing economic, increasing humanitarian and health crisis, and obviously the military components are troubling to everybody.
There's been recent activity today. The [USS Mason] appears to have come under attack in the Red Sea again by coastal defense cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen. So as you know, this is the third such attack.
An airplane flew from Muscat to Sanaa, it took the Houthi delegation back to Sanaa and it took wounded people from the funeral back to Oman - this is something we have been working on for the last days - and it also secured the release of two American citizens from the Houthi. Their names are not being released at this point in time, but we were very pleased with that and we continue to work on other hostage situations here and elsewhere.
I will maybe have more to say on that tomorrow (Sunday) in London but it remains a top priority for us to try to end the violence.
If you look at our numbers right now, 600-700 is not huge, but with 10,000 plus per month, if returns start happening, it could very soon get huge.
It's certainly hundreds who are lost in the desert (each year) and found later by local communities and buried under these omnipresent rocks. It's not pretty. They dry up and become petrified and are found later by local tribesmen.
This route doesn't get the attention it deserves because they are going to Saudi and not going to the shores of the Mediterranean.
If they increase deportations we are going to get people stuck here.
What's happening now is a confluence of a whole bunch of political events where suddenly we have a surge in numbers.
It's hard and I agree that it does sound similar. But the formula is what we believe is the right one.
It's somewhat safe to assume that in a pull aside or a follow up with the appropriate people [the secretary] is going to raise the situation in Yemen. We are very concerned about what is happening there as well as what is happening in Syria.
We need to de-escalate obviously given the events of the past week and that is where the priority is right now.
What the Secretary has been pushing hard for is to get back … to a cessation of hostilities, a 72-hour cessation of hostilities which can at least then create some kind of climate where a political dialogue or a dialogue can begin again.
The intent of our strikes [was] to deter future attacks and to reduce the risk to U.S. and other vessels. We are prepared to respond if necessary to any future missile launches.
These strikes are not connected to the broader conflict in Yemen. We want to make crystal clear that if you threaten our forces, you threaten our ships, we will be prepared to respond, as we did in this case.
These strikes are not connected to the broader conflict in Yemen. The United States continues to encourage all parties in the Yemen conflict to commit to a cessation of hostilities and to seek a political solution to that conflict. Our actions overnight were a response to hostile action, the launch of multiple missiles that presented a threat to US Navy vessels, to other ships in the area and to commerce in a strategic international waterway.
The ship employed defensive countermeasures, and the missile did not reach USS Mason. There was no damage to the ship or its crew.
These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway. The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world.
These limited self-defence strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway. The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab Al Mandab, and elsewhere around the world.
Anybody who takes action, fires against U.S. Navy ships operating in international waters, does so at their own peril. We're going to find out who did this and we will take action accordingly.
These unjustified attacks are serious, but they will not deter us from our mission. The team in USS Mason demonstrated initiative and toughness as they defended themselves and others against these unfounded attacks over the weekend and again today. All Americans should be proud of them.
Aid and assistance for any country are always under review and subject to modification. We are going to review our position and continue to have further policy discussions.
It appears that either the Saudi coalition is intentionally targeting civilians or they are not distinguishing between civilians and military targets. Both would be war crimes.
We say this is an illusion. They will be unable to advance one inch inside Yemeni territory.
The town is secured but clashes are ongoing.
Now that the U.S. is getting involved, it will become increasingly difficult for the Houthis to position their missiles for further attacks.
I'm not confirming that right now.
We are going to find out who did it and take action accordingly. Anybody who puts U.S. Navy ships at risk does so at their own peril.
Those things are things that we're looking at. We want very much to get to the bottom of what happened. We're going to find out who did this, and we'll take action accordingly.
Aerial attacks by the Saudi-led coalition have already caused immense carnage and destroyed much of the country's medical facilities and other vital civilian infrastructure. Excuses ring hollow given the pattern of violence throughout the conflict. Parties cannot hide behind the fog of this war. A man-made catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes.
He welcomed the deputy crown prince's commitment to launch a thorough and immediate investigation of the strike and urged him to take urgent steps to ensure such an incident does not happen again.
The Bab al-Mandab is a vital artery for shipping.
It is a deteriorating situation and it is worrying that this longer range weaponry is being used in the area.
In the law of war, you can be guilty for aiding and abetting war crimes and at some point the ... evidence is going to continue to mount and I think the administration is now in an untenable situation.
The international community must exert pressure and influence on all parties to the conflict to ensure civilians are protected. This violence against civilians in Yemen must stop immediately.
Kerry used these words from the point of view of fanning tensions. As long as war crimes are at question, the Americans should start with Iraq. And then look at Libya and Yemen to see what is going on there.
The politicisation of the central bank and attempts by the parties in the conflict to use it as a tool to hurt one another ... threaten to push the poorest over the edge. Everything is stacked against the people on the brink of starvation in Yemen.
We are relieved and thankful that Nourane is now back with us, safe and sound. Her abduction was a terrible ordeal for her, as well as for her family, friends and colleagues. And it has obviously dealt a real blow to our humanitarian work in Yemen.
We have to reverse the situation ... I was handed over a bank empty of money, a monetary cycle that was incapable of circulating and a database that was not existent. We will solve the salary payment problem, despite the [insurgent] Houthis keeping the database, through information stored in the branches of the central bank in the governorates.
We shall extract Yemen from the claws of Iran, we shall raise the Yemeni flag over every foot of our precious Yemeni soil and we will lay the foundation for a just federal state.
We tell the whole world in very clear terms that extremism and sectarian terrorism sponsored by Iran in the region has created and will create a terrorism counter to that. We decided to move the central bank to the interim capital, Aden, in order to save what we could save so that the bank would not reach zero reserves.
The coalition takes its responsibilities under international humanitarian law seriously, and is committed to the protection of civilians in Yemen.
We are very angry. We have been operating in Yemen with our partner for more than 20 years, helping to produce pumps which are for civilian use.
"Yes I want to pray for Yemen and the people in Syria and Iraq and all the oppressed Muslim people,". "May God guide Islam and all Muslims. This (Hajj) is an Islamic ritual and a part of the five pillars of Islam.".
Yes I want to pray for Yemen and the people in Syria and Iraq and all the oppressed Muslim people. May God guide Islam and all Muslims. This (Hajj) is an Islamic ritual and a part of the five pillars of Islam.
US security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check. In the light of this and other incidents, we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi-led coalition and are prepared to adjust our support so as to better align with US principles, values and interests, including achieving an immediate and durable end to Yemen's tragic conflict.
Congress' silence would signal to the Yemeni people that U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is unconditional – no matter how cruel the parties' methods of warfare or how unwilling they are to make peace.
The more recent deals that have involved resupplying Saudi Arabia with ammunition, bombs, and tanks to replace weaponry used up or damaged in the war in Yemen are no doubt driven in part by the effort to 'reassure' the Saudis that the U.S. will not tilt towards Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal.
It's time for the Obama administration to use the best leverage it has - Saudi Arabia's dependence on U.S. weapons and support - to wage the war in Yemen in the first place.
My priority will be to gain a re-commitment from all sides to the cessation of hostilities. The escalation in fighting has led to tragic and unnecessary civilian deaths, casualties and a worsening of humanitarian suffering.
The chance they have is to enter the political process, reach an agreement ... for the benefit of all Yemenis including the Houthis.
One doesn't know how to organise his time these days, you're trying to make your daily bread how can you manage to practice sports?
We're happy to see you in good form.
As long as the conflict is ongoing, it's key to keep going the basic imports needed to avoid a humanitarian crisis. That is a very critical issue right now. The best the international community and donors can do is to find a way to get the government and the central bank to cooperate to get at least the humanitarian side of things going.
Strikes on humanitarian facilities including hospitals are particularly concerning. We call on all parties to cease hostilities immediately. Continued military actions only prolong the suffering of the Yemeni people.
That was an interesting one. We got the Houthis - they managed to sort it out.
It is our firm belief that this de-listing is final, irreversible and unconditional.
In February the EU parliament voted a non-binding resolution to stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, has any European country heeded the call?
Human rights organisations – whether it be Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch – have accused both sides of committing war crimes.
Now to the other side. Where are the Houthis – the rebels – getting their weapons from?
Where do civilians stand?
Mohammed, Yemen is under siege today. How did you manage to get into the country?
Yes, during this mission to Yemen and more particularly in the area of Saada in the north of the country, we were arrested by some armed individuals claiming to be members of the Ansar Allah group, but we later learnt that in fact they belonged to the tribes who were following their cause. As a result, we were like hostages as there was a sort of bartering and negotiations between the two groups to free us. We were held for quite a while. The cameraman was held but after some deliberation he was freed, but our equipment was kept back by them for about six hours.
Isn't Yemen a dangerous place for journalists?
The civilians are divided between the two sides. Some support the forces in the South whilst others support the Houthies, that is obvious.
Getting into the country obviously wasn't easy. We tried for many long months and we met with many difficulties. The absence of airports open to international flights, Sanaa airport had been completely destroyed and it was the same thing for Adan airport. But, for a while now, some flights into the capital Sanaa have been operating under the control of the Ansar Allah group, the Houthies.
The two sides are supported by tribes, because the Yemen population is a population made up of tribes. The people of Yemen are fighters by nature trained especially for ground warfare. This means that war, battles and weapons have become part of the Yemen culture, and I felt this. It's sad, I know. There is a lot of poverty in Yemen, but the people will never accept the intervention of a foreign power in their country.
Did anything happen to you?
We had also spent a lot of time previously getting the different security authorisations which are necessary to get into Yemen, especially from the Ansar Allah group which is controlling the Airport of Sanaa and the capital. This means that journalist wanting to get into Yemen have to go through this group.
We have to stand up for international humanitarian law. We have seen a decay, a lack of respect for international law which is causing enormous damage in the world.
People have come to this historic village because of their poverty, they were trying find secure homes for their families, but now they're threatened with the same destiny and so depart to escape the airstrikes that destroyed some of the village's houses leaving some of its inhabitants homeless again!
The displaced people here are paying the high price and bearing the consequences of this war and political conflict, especially the children, and this camp here is just one of dozens all over Yemen suffering quite literally from disastrous conditions.
We need greater facilitation by the authorities at every level, whether it's here in Sanaa or in Hodeidah or elsewhere in Yemen. The authorities, whoever they are, need to able to give us great and quick facilitation, not put administrative burdens in our way, not to distrust us.
We have managed to avert what otherwise might have descended into the technical description of famine, but it is very very tight.
All sides have committed war crimes, that includes the coalition, that includes the Houthis, that includes anti-Houthi groups that are fighting on the ground because we have gone to all the provinces, we have even documented ground attacks by all armed groups on the ground in Aden and in Taiz. We have said that at this point all sides in the conflict have committed war crimes and that has to be condemned immediately by the international community.
Among the weapons we found British and French bombs, but most are American. We have found that munitions dropped on Yemen, particularly in Marib province, include cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and chemical weapons.
What are the United Nations doing about Yemen? What are they doing for us? Until now it has been incapable of lifting any sieges, incapable of supplying us food or medical supplies, incapable of guaranteeing our safety. What are we going to do?
We believe that Saudi Arabia did not go into this war of its own accord, but was ordered to play the role of leader in this war. We believe it is the US waging this war. They are directing the airstrikes, they are deciding which targets should be attacked from the air, and suppling the co-ordinates.
The restrictions on importations of food and medicine and fuel is very difficult for us as humanitarians but also for the general public. I think at the same time, we in the international community put an appeal out for 1.8 billion dollars to address the humanitarian needs. At this point in time, we're in the fifth month of the year now and we are only at 16% funded.
The U.S. and UK governments should immediately halt the transfer of any arms to the Saudi-led coalition that might be used for such violations, and they should back an international investigation into abuses committed by all sides.
We urgently need guarantees from warring parties that functioning hospitals are never a legitimate target.
The way war is being waged in Yemen is causing enormous suffering and shows that the warring parties do not recognize or respect the protected status of hospitals and medical facilities.
Public places are being bombed and shelled on a massive scale. Not even hospitals are being spared, even though medical facilities are explicitly protected by international humanitarian law.
To the extent Iran has a strategy in Yemen I suspect they will want Riyadh to concede Syria and Iraq to Iran, in exchange for Iran abandoning its support for the Houthis.
It is so dangerous for Saudi Arabia, even internally, to accept Iranian hegemony over Yemen or Syria so the price is already high for Saudi Arabia.
From our side, it should have no effect because we will continue to work very hard to support the peace efforts in Syria and Yemen. It is so clearly in the interests of both countries to advance a political solution to the situation inside of Syria.
The Revolutionary Guard is part of the Iranian government and their threats should be taken seriously because they control militia in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen and I would not be surprised if they use it to act against the Saudis.
The Houthis are the ones that rejected the United Nations and Security Council resolutions and carried out attacks and struck residential homes and civilians and we are just defending ourselves.
We also see the gains that have been made on the ground. Most of the Yemen's territory that was captured by the rebels has now been recaptured by the government forces.
When we hear bombs, we go to this channel to see where they are falling.
I have a valid passport … I'm just ready to go.
I was ambitious, I liked to dream, I had many plans in my head. But the war has stolen everything from me. I'm just thinking maybe I will die today or tomorrow. I feel like I'm dying but still breathing.
You feel like death is waiting in every place. From the air it's Saudi planes. From the ground it's Houthis, car bombs, explosions, clashes. You feel the lives of Yemenis are very cheap.
I don't want to lose my life over a dream.
I don't want to leave Yemen and live like a refugee.
A lot of people are just begging for money and food. Some are well-educated people who lost their jobs and couldn't feed their children. This war has stolen their dignity. I feel it's unbearable for me, but my situation is better than a lot of people.
I go out of my house every day expecting I will be killed anywhere, at any time, by any guy.
Now there is a big gap between Yemenis. Before, all of us, Sunni and Shi'ite, went to the same mosques, gathered in the same places. This war makes us ask which religion, which party, someone belongs to.
But I can also say that the Arab countries are currently engaged and busy in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, I think that the Libyan requests came in the wrong place and time.
Medicines can't get in so patient care is falling apart. Fuel shortages mean equipment doesn't work. This cannot go on. Yemen is crumbling. As a matter of urgency, there must be free movement of goods into and across the country.
We will not stop supporting our friends in the region: the oppressed people of Palestine, the oppressed people of Yemen, the people and government of Syria, the people and government of Iraq, the oppressed people of Bahrain.
Millions are facing the threat of famine because food assistance is not reaching them, and countless wounded are dying because hospitals are closing down due to lack of fuel.
While I am in Geneva and we came with open hearts and open minds in order to reach a solution, unfortunately, I was surprised to hear that thy blew up my house last night. This is regrettable that people's manners and behaviour can reach this point.
If they are searching for scud missiles they can go to the border of the military site, not to old Sana'a, the history of Yemen.
I reaffirm my willingness to convene a political dialogue in Geneva as soon as possible, with the participation of all the parties.
We hope they take up this offer for the good of Yemen and the people of Yemen.
We will have several days between today's announcement and the actual start of the ceasefire.
The Houthis should be under no illusion that we will continue to use force in order to stop them from taking Yemen over by aggressive actions.
The main goals of the operation have been achieved as well as the objectives on the ground. Legitimacy has been protected and the Yemeni people are now not in danger as before.
I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all the parties. The Saudis have assured me that they understand that there must be a political process. I call on all Yemenis to participate in good faith. The United Nations-supported diplomatic process remains the best way out of a drawn-out war with terrifying implications for regional stability.
What they need to do is to facilitate the dialogue among various Yemeni groups and this is what we are prepared to do.
There is no alternative to a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. We expect the UN to be more proactive and to resume peace talks between all parties in the Yemeni conflict. This needs to begin immediately, based on pre-existing agreements.
We have contact with all parties in Yemen involved in the conflict and we got security guarantees to be able to distribute this assistance all over the country.
We both believe that we want to see an end to the conflict and bloodshed in Yemen. The attacks by other countries in Yemen must stop.
We are still working on getting the plane to Sanaa. It's a bit difficult with the logistics because there are not that many companies or cargo planes willing to fly into a conflict zone.
We confirmed from day one that we are working hard to avoid collateral damage.
The reason why Yemen is so important is because historically it has not been a sectarian country, and the Iranian position which has grown in Yemen over the past couple of weeks and months is much stronger and therefore much more of a threat to the Sunni states in the region.
Agreements were made and every single agreement that was made with the Houthis, 67 of them to be precise, the Houthis reneged on them.
We had no choice. We tried every possible way to avoid it. The Yemenis tried every possible way to avoid it.
The solution to the problem is peaceful, you cannot resolve it with strikes, which is worsening the tragedy and piling injury on top of injury. Your majesties, excellencies and highnesses, I speak with you and place on you complete responsibility for the shedding of any drop of blood after today.
We visited Sana'a International Airport today and found the infrastructure and runways destroyed because of Saudi agression and arrogance. This tyrant has no legitimacy and no justification at all.
With these airstrikes, is it really possible for Saudi Arabia to get rid of Iran's influence in the region?
The Houthis were not expecting such a strong reaction, and one that was so rapid on the part of Saudi Arabia and their allies. The intervention is to destabilise the Houthis and slow their advance towards the gates of the south, Aden.
Even if the West intervenes, it will be with logistical support, or in a way that's under the cover of Arab states. I don't think the West will intervene explicitly in this war, not even to save Yemen, because that is not in their interests, nor the interests of the countries intervening. This war will stay an Arab-Iranian war.
It can't get rid of Iran's influence because Tehran is a strong power in the region. This is a war by proxy, with the strength of Saudi Arabia and its allies up against the strength of Iran. I think the coming days will be very difficult for people in Yemen, who will pay a heavy price unfortunately.
To what extent can the US and other countries in Europe intervene in this conflict?
This is a clear example of double standards.
The military operation took place after the failure of all attempts to stop the Houthi coup. After its continued attacks against the constitution and the will of the Yemeni people.
We will do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling and from facing any dangers from outside militia. We have a situation where you have a militia group that is now in control or can be in control of ballistic missiles, of heavy weapons, and of an air force.
Any side that would want to push the country in either direction would be inviting a protracted conflict in the vein of an Iraq-Libya-Syria combined scenario.
We demand her speedy release. We are trying to locate her and we will do everything we can to have her released.
We are protesting now to overthrow the armed militias and kick them out of the capital Sanaa.
When there is goodwill from all sides there will be no problem. Even if the opposition want the presidency we will give it to them, but I don't think they will be able to run it even for one week.
They are calling for change and for a peaceful youth revolution but it is a destructive revolution and leading them are corrupt defectors from the military.
We need logistics, and we need economic assistance. These are important to Yemen because the economic problem faced by Yemen, and the high rate of unemployment and poverty, is a suitable breeding environment for al- Qaeda, considering that many young Yemenis are frustrated and will turn to this organisation.
Instead of looking for dangerous objects like toenail clippers and rogue bottles of shampoo, we should be looking for bad people. We should be using intelligence to target bad people around the world who may be wanting to cause harm to airlines or interests around the world.
In that region, the spillover effects from instability are directly impacting on neighbours. Obviously, we see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al-Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region.
I'm certain that my life is in danger. So, as I sit here now I ask, if anything can be done please let it be done.
The security forces objected to our peaceful march, which we had announced would be peaceful. We were not carrying weapons but still they fired on us with heavy machine guns, and they used internationally banned gas.
I don't think it's connected whatsoever, you know. It may be used as an excuse but not as a reason. Whatever happened in Egypt, in Tunisia, in Syria or in Yemen, has nothing to do with Israel. It is a result of their internal situation. So we pray for peace, not only between us and the Arabs, but for peace all over the place.
They are dragging us into civil war, the opposition will have to take responsibility for the blood which will be spilled because of their stupidity.
I think they will topple the regime because their demands are shared by all parts of Yemeni society, including the opposition parties.
Of course, there are always risks and fears of change. But the fear of change is not as great as the fear of current regime.
The president and the [ruling] GPC party agree with this initiative with all its items, and this will be in accordance with the constitution of the Republic of Yemen.
The Gulf plan for Yemen is a joke at the expense of the youth revolution, because the Gulf Cooperation Council want us to concede our main demand that the regime is removed. That is what has brought us out of our homes.
Ali Saleh is a liar. We don't believe him. He has been lying for more than 30 years. He has never been truthful about anything.
He is also mindful of the need for secret and classified information to remain secret and classified in order to protect our national security interests. So there is a careful balance here that must be attained.
In Afghanistan there is war, they still have elections, in Sri Lanka they have constant war but they still have elections. In Yemen they have war but they have elections, so many countries and examples in Africa, so this is a lame duck excuse.
The suspect package originated in Yemen. It was removed fro examination by forensic experts. I can say at this stage that it did contain explosive material but it is not yet clear whether it was a viable explosive device.
Demonstrators were attacked and female doctors kidnapped. That shows how morally bankrupt the government has become.
Some Al-Qaeda leaders had direct contacts with Saleh and the elite squad that was loyal to him. Some in that group even sold weapons to the organisation. Hadi removed them from their posts. This is no secret.
The anti-terrorist war will benefit both sides politically. It will boost President Obama in the presidential election, and will help Yemeni President Hadi put his decisions into practice in the future.
We encourage all parties to move swiftly to implement the terms of the agreement so that the Yemeni people can soon realise the security, unity and prosperity that they have so courageously sought and so richly deserve.
Sisi is part of an outside plot attempting to split the Egyptian army between its supporters and its opponents just as what happened in Syria and in Yemen. But it will not happen here, because our army is a people's army and just as they have proven before that they are Egypt's army, not Sisi's army, not Hosni Mubarak's army.
Even though they were well treated, we should not underestimate the psychological impact the kidnapping had on them.
As always we need patience, time and strong nerves. But I'm certain that there will be a resolution before the end of the year.
We've picked up the pace of our operations in support of the Yemeni government against the terrorists in Yemen and we've got to do that or Yemen will become the next Iraq and Afghanistan and we don't want that to happen.
We are willing to meet their demands, if they are legitimate.
The assassination is like the assassination of the Yemeni dream. Every citizen is looking for safe and intelligent ways of leading a civil life and to build a civil state.
This was a cowardly terrorist attack, which can only have been committed by someone who lacks conscience and humanity.
The risk level is four, which means dangerous. Don't go there [until you necessarily] have to go there and especially not in the region where the facts have occurred.
This is very sad news and we condemn these acts in the strongest terms. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. The foreign ministry crisis centre is trying to get news of the other hostages, but there is no concrete information yet.
We don't want anyone to interfere in Yemeni affairs and to fight al-Qaeda in Yemen. We are the one's who will fight them.
We have been working with the Americans to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperations in Yemen. Yemen has been recognised, like Somalia, to be one of the areas where we have got to do more.
We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland.
We're here to show solidarity with our brothers in Gaza, who're blockaded and abused by the Zionists in collaboration with our Arab brothers.
It looks like no one can break either side. Therefore, mediation will be the answer. The mediation should be for change and not destruction. It should be aimed at changing the regime, not damaging it.
Already I think women feel themselves much better positioned because of my own position. We have appointed women in what we call the strategic positions in government.
The two girls are now in safe hands with the Saudi authorities. Considering the circumstances they are doing well.
The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia did not trade the tyranny of dictator for the tyranny of a mob.
If you can deny AQAP the root causes of social, economic and political discontent, which it draws on, then it could become quite irrelevant.
Transition from Saleh will happen in days or weeks rather than months or years.
They have political parties in a way that Kuwait or Bahrain don't.
This plays into a narrative in which AQAP can say 'we were under attack by the US using Saleh as a proxy.
Yemenis want democracy, freedom and jobs.
The Yemeni people today took to the streets to demand the arrest of the criminal Ali Abdullah Saleh and his gang and that they be turned over to the courts.
Today's protest is one in a series of previous protests which are calling for toppling the regime and the trying of Ali Abdullah Saleh for all the bloodshed and crimes he has committed in recent days.
Threats, intimidation and repression would only reinforce their persistence.
These resources will give us flexibility to fulfil different missions, including training security forces in Yemen who have gone on the offensive against al Qaeda; supporting a multinational force to keep the peace in Somalia; working with European allies to train a functioning security force and border patrol in Libya; and facilitating French operations in Mali.
This is not the first time this group has targeted us. In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies, including our embassy in 2008, killing one American. So, as President, I have made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government, training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al Qaeda terrorists.