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Greek Anarchist Group Attacks Saudi Embassy in Athens (video)

Members of the Rouvikonas anarchist group attacked the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Athens in the early hours of Thursday.

Video footage shows at least six assailants smashing windows with rocks.

In a statement, the group says that the attack was in response to Saudi Arabia’s oppressive regime and its role in the civil war in Yemen.


The group also criticizes the Greek government’s arms deal with the Saudi Kingdom.

Rouvikonas has claimed dozens of violent acts of vandalism and assaults against perceived targets, including state offices, financial agencies, media organizations and politicians.

In recent weeks, the group has scaled up its action, prompting critics of the government to suggest that authorities are turning a blind eye to Rouvikonas as members of the group are rarely arrested..


German Embassy Guard shot Dead in Yemen

Embassy Guard Killed in Yemen

(Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead a German security guard employed by the German embassy in Yemen’s capital on Sunday as he was leaving a supermarket, Yemeni security officials said, in an attack they said bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

The man was gunned down in Sanaa’s Hadda district, where the embassy is located. It was the latest in a series of attacks on foreign and local officials in the U.S.-allied state, which is battling one of the most active branches of al Qaeda.

“We believe that al Qaeda was behind the killing,” a Yemeni police source said. Another source said that the guard was killed as he was leaving the store to go to his car.

Pan-Arab news channel al-Arabiya reported that the guard had been shot dead as the assailants tried to kidnap the German ambassador Carola Mueller-Holtkemper, who escaped.

Two Yemeni officials said they were unable to confirm the report of the attempted kidnap. Embassy employees in Sanaa and the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin declined to comment.

Mueller-Holtkemper had only recently arrived in Yemen and presented her credentials to Yemeni authorities less than a week ago, a statement on the embassy’s website showed.

In a separate attack on Sunday, kidnappers seized an African employee of the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF as he was travelling from the Sanaa to the Red Sea coastal town of Hudaidah, a UNICEF official in Sanaa said.

Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has attacked several Western targets, including airliners, and is believed to have been behind a series of killings of foreign and local officials in the country since 2011.

In November last year gunmen shot dead a Saudi diplomat and his Yemeni bodyguard in Sanaa in an attack believed to be the work of the group. A month earlier, masked gunmen shot dead a Yemeni man who worked in the security office of the U.S. Embassy.

Germany was one of several Western countries which shut their Yemen embassies in early August after a U.S. warning of a possible major militant attack in the Middle East. The mission reopened after a two-week closure.

The U.S. embassy in Yemen was attacked in September 2012 by demonstrators angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam. Hundreds of Yemenis broke through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound, smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and burned cars.

On Sunday AQAP said in a statement it was behind an attack on an army base in the southeast of the country last week in protest at the army’s cooperation with the United States and vowed to continue its “holy war” against Yemeni forces.

Militants took advantage of political chaos in Yemen during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 to seize control of some towns and surrounding areas in the south of the country.

They were beaten back by Yemeni forces with assistance from the United States and dispersed into smaller groups spread across the south of the country.

(Additional reporting by Boris Berner in Berlin, Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by William Maclean and Andrew Roche)


Al-Qaeda offers $160K bounty for assassination of US Ambassador to Yemen and $23K for killing American soldiers


Al-Qaeda has placed a $160,000 bounty on the  head of the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and $23,000 for the assassination of any  American soldiers in the country.

An audio produced by the group’s media arm,  the al-Malahem Foundation,  and posted on militant websites Saturday said it  offered three kilograms of gold for the killing of Ambassador Gerald M.  Feierstein.

The bounties were set to ‘inspire and  encourage our Muslim nation for jihad,’ the statement said.

Focus on the safety of American diplomats  abroad has intensified since Libya Ambassador Chris Stevens died in a terrorist  attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

He was the first U.S. Ambassador assassinated  in the line of duty since 1979. His death, and the security at the consulate  compound, have been the focus of intense scrutiny by Congress – especially  Republicans who have criticized the White Housing handling of the  attack.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the  group is called, is considered Al-Qaeda’s most dangerous branch.

The terrorist cell, thought to have up to 600  members, overran entire towns and villages last year by taking  advantage of a  security lapse during nationwide protests that eventually ousted the country’s  longtime ruler.

It has been responsible for numerous  assassinations in the capital Sanaa, including the shooting of a Yemeni security  guard outside the U.S. Embassy in October.

In late November, the Yemeni government  blamed a drive-by shooting that killed a Saudi diplomat and his bodyguard on the  local al-Qaeda branch.

The U.S. military and CIA have been waging a  covert war against the terrorist cell for years.

In September 2011, an American drone strike  killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist leader believed to be behind  an attempted bomb attack on a Christmas Day flight to Detroit.

Yemen’s army was able to regain control of  several al-Qaeda towns the southern region with the support of U.S. military  experts.

However, militants continue to launch deadly  attacks on security forces  that have killed hundreds.

In the capital, Sanaa, security officials  said two gunmen on a  motorbike shot and killed two intelligence officers early  Sunday as they were leaving a downtown security facility.

The officials, who spoke on condition of  anonymity according to  regulations, said all intelligence and security officers  have been  instructed to take precautionary measures outside working  hours.

The government blames al-Qaeda for the  killing of several senior  military and intelligence officials this year mainly  by gunmen on  motorbikes.

The officials said security authorities in  Sanaa have launched a  campaign against motorcyclists suspected of involvement  in these attacks or other crimes, arresting about 200 for questioning for  violations,  including driving motorcycles without license plates.

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Bodyguard Killed in Attack on Yemini Minister

ImageGunmen strafed the car of Yemeni information minister Ali Ahmed al-Amrani with bullets on Thursday, killing his bodyguard, but the official was not in the vehicle at the time, officials said.

“Armed men fired shots at the information minister’s car, killing his bodyguard,” a security official told AFP. “The minister, who was not in the car at the time of the attack, was apparently the attackers’ target.”


The assailants sprayed the car with bullets as it stopped outside a pharmacy.

A ministerial source confirmed the attack and the death of the bodyguard, whose name was not given.

Amrani also escaped an assassination attempt on January 31 as he was leaving government headquarters in Sanaa.

The minister, a member of the opposition named to the post in December as part of a deal that led to the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in February, was also unhurt on that occasion.

Amrani was a member of Saleh’s General People’s Congress who joined the opposition along with several other party members in March 2011 in protest over a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protests by the President’s loyalists.

The January attack was the first on a government official since a unity government was formed on December 7 under the Gulf-brokered power transfer deal that gave an equal number of seats to the GPC and opposition.

At the time of the first assassination bid Saleh was in the United States for medical treatment after being seriously wounded in a bombing at the presidential palace in Sanaa in June 2011.