Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operates out of Yemen. And that's where BBC reporter Shaimaa Khalil found a mother whose three sons had joined al-Qaeda and now has a lonely life without her sons or a community.
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.
A protest in Sana'a led by a northern Yemeni tribe, the Houthis, became a military assault on the capital over the weekend. Now a UN-brokered peace deal will allow the Houthis into power and end the fighting, but the situation remains complex with sectarian and tribal disputes still simmering.
After 11 years of traveling to and writing about Yemen, American journalist and scholar Gregory Johnsen was nearly kidnapped there earlier this year. He says it's a sign of how much more dangerous and unforgiving the country has become for Americans.