Yemen arrests prompt president’s warning to Iran..US Military sued over al-Awlaki Yemen drone death
Yemen’s interior ministry has announced it has arrested members of an alleged Iranian-led spy ring.
The spy ring operated in the Horn of Africa with the operations centre in Sanaa and was headed by a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, it said.
Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi later warned Iran to “leave Yemen to mind its own affairs”.
His warning echoes US claims that Iran is meddling in Yemen, which is still wrestling secessionism and rebellion.
Few details were given about the arrests, which appear mainly to have been of Yemeni nationals.
But in his later comments, President Hadi appeared to threaten to make details of allegations linking Iran to the spy ring public.
“We will embarrass them in front of the world,” he was quoted as saying on state TV.
“I will take the necessary steps, and a heavy price will be paid if you continue with this manner.”
He called on Iran to “take into consideration the delicate circumstances the country is passing through… We say from here to leave Yemen to mind its own affairs, and that is enough for now.”
Relatives of three Americans killed in drone strikes in Yemen are suing top Pentagon and CIA officials, saying the killings were unconstitutional.
Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan died in September. Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman, 16, died in October.
Relatives accuse Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus and two military commanders of approving and directing the strikes.
The legality of US use of drones has been in the spotlight in recent weeks.
Awlaki, a radical Islamist cleric born in the state of New Mexico, was a key figure in the Yemen-based group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). His 16-year-old son was born in Colorado.
Samir Khan was a naturalised US citizen who was involved with Inspire, al-Qaeda’s English-language magazine.
The lawsuit was filed by Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki, alongside Sarah Khan, mother of Samir Khan.
spotfires going off all over the world..and now yemen..taking aim at iran..but who knows who these “terrorists” really work for?
and “collateral damage” from drones might be coming home to roost..