Iona Craig


Yemen's capital is wracked by bombings targeting mosques

A day after Houthi forces failed to seize the airport and destroy the presidential palace in Yemen's second city, Aden, several suicide bombers brought violence to the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Amidst the chaos, it is hard to know who orchestrated the attacks.


Western diplomats had 'no Plan B' for Yemen

The Americans, the British and the French closed their embassies in Yemen this week. Iona Craig, who lived in Yemen for years, says that while Western governments were concerned about safety, they were also showing their dissatisfaction with the Houthis, the group that overthrew Yemen's government.

Conflict & Justice

No accredited Western reporters remain to witness a huge military offensive against al-Qaeda in Yemen

One of the largest military offensives against al-Qaeda in Yemen, involving US air strikes and Yemeni ground troops, began about three weeks ago. At the same time, there's been an uptick in the number of attacks, kidnappings and assassinations in Yemen's capital. But the number of Western journalists there to cover it has dwindled to zero in recent days.