Yemen President Fires PM
Arab news outlets say Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi dismissed his prime minister and vice president, Khaled Bahah, in a major government shakeup ahead of United Nations-brokered peace talks with Iran-backed Houthi militants later this month.
Yemen state television, reporting Sunday, said Hadi had replaced Bahah with army General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar as the government's new vice president. He also appointed lawmaker Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr as prime minister.
The president had offered no public explanations for the moves by early Monday. But Yemeni and other international media have reported simmering differences between Hadi and Bahah over tactics and strategies for ending the country's protracted civil war.
Those differences exploded into public view in December when Bahah rejected the president's move to reshuffle the government without first consulting with him.
Unlike the more hardline Hadi, analysts have described Bahah as favoring a political settlement to the conflict.
US Drone in Iraq Kills IS Fighter Linked to Marine's Death
The U.S. military said Sunday one of its drones in Iraq has killed an Islamic State fighter it believes was responsible for a missile attack last month that killed a U.S. Marine.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led operations against the militants, Colonel Steve Warren, said the drone attack killed Jasim Khadijah, described as a former Iraqi officer and "a rocket expert," and five other Islamic State fighters.
Warren said Khadijah had controlled the Islamic State rocket attack that killed Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin and wounded eight other Marines at an artillery position in the Makhmur area of northern Iraq.
Cardin was the second U.S. combat death since the start of a U.S. campaign to fight Islamic State in Iraq in 2014.