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See Yemen Read Afghanistan

There are two new articles out on Yemen both asking roughly the same question: Is Yemen the next Afghanistan. The first by Diane Tucker of the Huffington Post relies mostly […]

The Names Revealed

I like to spend Sunday afternoons on the couch with a football game (US or European) or a novel maybe something by Rushdie or McEwan, but sometimes the outside world […]

Response to Sa’dah

The main consultant who worked on the ICG report on Sa’dah sent me this thoughtful response to my post earlier today:Regarding the fact that the report considers the Saada conflict […]

Abandoning Yemen to al-Qaeda

Friday December 17 marked the one year anniversary of the US air strikes in Majalla, which killed, along with some al-Qaeda operatives, a number of women and children. The incident […]

Sisyphus and Guantanamo

The New York Times is out with a new report on Guantanamo and recidivism rates, claiming that 1 in 7 released detainees find their way back to the battlefield.Much of […]


I returned home from vacation to find that apparently both Brian and the readership of this blog also decided to take a few days off. The news, however, did not. […]

More Drones in Yemen

Last week, following a Mareb Press story, I wrote a bit about the possibility of US drones patrolling the skies over Marib looking for AQAP membersThe story, it seems, has […]


Today, as many know, is the 44th anniversary of the assassination of one of this blog’s hero and a hero to many in Yemen, Muhammad Mahmud al-Zubayri. This blog takes […]

Shameless Plug

Here at Waq al-waq we rarely take a stand on issues (unless it is how to transliterate Arabic words) or endorse different things, but from time to time we break […]

Yemen Events in DC

For those of you in DC the next couple of days present a number of different options.Tomorrow the Henry L. Stimson Center is hosting Mustafa Alani to talk about Yemen […]

Huthi War Good for the US?

Robert Haddick of Small Wars Journal recently argued in his weekly column for Foreign Policy that Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Huthi conflict was good news for the US. The […]


I was going to leave this alone, as I am worried about turning Waq al-waq into a place that only critiques the media and has nothing positive to offer, but […]

Sada al-Malahim

Well this is probably more of an insight into my social life than most would like, but the new issue of Sada al-Malahim (The Echo of Battles not the Glorious […]

Ceasefire in Sa’dah

The outside pressure so many were hesitant to put on the Yemeni government finally seems to have taken a toll. The government announced last night a conditional ceasefire. (The official […]

Be Careful What You Wish For

Long days of writing and scrambling to meet deadlines often leave little time or energy for writing’s lesser cousin, blogging. And today is no different. Normally, I would prefer to […]


Reliefnet has a report out on Internally Displaced Peoples in Yemen stemming from the al-Huthi conflict in the north. I haven’t had time to read the full-report, but even the […]