By Madalena Araujo, CNN
Government control in Yemen is “almost non-existent,” the Yemeni Information Minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday after a day of heavy violence rocked the country’s capital, Sanaa.
Nadia Al-Sakkaf also said that Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, who went into hiding when attackers shot at him earlier on Monday, had been surrounded in his home later in the evening by armed Shiite Houthi militias.
“He is at his place, but currently he has been surrounded by Houthi militias around his place, and they have stationed themselves at rooftops of neighboring buildings. He is worried that the situation might escalate.”
Yemen’s Information Minister said the Prime Minister does have a proper security force “and he is saying that if he needs he will use it.”
“I just spoke to him on the phone and he’s worried because he said ‘I’m not going to remain a prisoner.’”
By Madalena Araujo, CNN
The director of the aid group that led the effort to get South African teacher Pierre Korkie released by al Qaeda captors in Yemen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that his organization was unaware Korkie was being held with U.S. hostage Luke Somers.
“We also have the same problem as the Americans, we also didn’t know where Pierre was being held, we didn’t know he was with Luke Somers,” Imtiaz Sooliman, founder, director, and chairman of Gift of the Givers, told Amanpour.
Korkie and Somers, an American photojournalist, were both killed on Saturday in a failed U.S. rescue mission after the team on the ground “lost the element of surprise,” a senior State Department official told CNN.
The official also said the Obama administration was aware there were two individuals at the site but did not know one was South African or that negotiations were ongoing for his release.
On Friday, a team of tribal leaders was finalizing arrangements to release Korkie, Sooliman’s relief group said in a statement.
Part 1: A man whose grandson as well as his jihadist son Anwar al-Awlaki were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes.
A discussion about U.S. drone strikes killing American citizens.
By Mick Krever, CNN
Two years ago, Nasser al-Awlaki wrote a letter to President Obama. His request was simple: Please do not kill my son.
He never got a response. Last September, his son, Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born al Qaeda leader, was killed by a U.S. drone in a remote area of Northern Yemen. Two weeks later, his 16-year-old grandson, Anwar’s son, was also killed, in a separate U.S. strike hundreds of miles away.
“Anwar, it was expected, because he was … targeted,” Nasser al-Awlaki told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “But how in the world they will go and kill Abdulrahman, a small boy, a U.S. citizen, from Denver, Colorado?” FULL POST
The father of jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki discusses how he feels about his own country of Yemen working with the U.S. in drone strikes. Both his son and sixteen-year-old grandson were killed in these types of targeted attacks.