- - Thursday, February 16, 2012

YEMEN

Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen

SANAA | A senior al Qaeda leader in Yemen was killed in a family feud Thursday, and an ensuing gunbattle between his followers and opponents left 16 other militants dead, a security official and tribal elders said.

Tariq al-Dahab was slain at his home in the southern village of al-Masameh by his half-brother, Hizam, and other relatives, according to the official and the elders.

Hizamal-Dahab and his supporters then fled, taking refuge in another house. Tariq al-Dahab’s followers pursued them and a gun fight broke out that left 16 dead, including Hizam.

It was not immediately clear what had triggered the feud.

During the past year of Yemen’s turmoil, al Qaeda-linked terrorists have seized control of several cities and towns in the south, including large swaths of Abyan province, and the provincial capital of Zinjibar. Government operations have failed to oust them.

Tariq al-Dahab became prominent in the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda after his sister married Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical militant cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike last year.

UNITED KINGDOM

Cameron tells Scotland he will fight for union

EDINBURGH | British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed in a speech in the Scottish capital Thursday to fight to keep the United Kingdom intact, as Scotland’s leaders push for a referendum in 2014 on independence.

In an impassioned address made against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, Mr. Cameron said he believes with his “head, heart and soul” that the 300-year-old union should continue.

He also offered to consider allowing Scotland to have more autonomy within Great Britain, if voters reject independence.

“I believe in the United Kingdom. I am a Unionist head, heart and soul. I believe that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are stronger together than they would ever be apart,” he said.

“I’m ready to fight for the life of this country.”

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