- - Sunday, January 22, 2012


President heading to U.S. for medical treatment

SANAA — President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will leave for the United States for medical treatment as he asked his people for forgiveness in a farewell speech delivered as he left Sanaa on Sunday.

“I will go to the United States for treatment and will then return as head of the General People’s Congress party,” Mr. Saleh said in a televised speech.

“I ask for forgiveness from all my people, men and women, for any shortcomings during my 33-year-long rule.”

His departure came a day after parliament adopted a law giving Mr. Saleh “complete” immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down under a transition deal brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.


U.S. drone strike kills leading al Qaeda terrorist

MOGADISHU — A U.S. drone strike killed an al Qaeda official of Lebanese origin fighting alongside insurgents in Somalia, officials said.

Three missiles fired from an unmanned aerial vehicle killed Bilal al-Berjawi, who was riding in a car on the outskirts of Mogadishu, according to a statement from the insurgent al-Kataib media foundation late Saturday.

The al-Shabab terrorist group said that Berjawi was a Lebanese and British citizen who grew up in West London and fought in Afghanistan before going to Somalia in 2006. The British government said Sunday that he is not a citizen.

“The martyr received what he wished for, and what he went out for … brother Bilal al-Berjawi was exposed to bombing in an outskirt of Mogadishu from a drone that is believed to be American,” al-Shabab said in a statement said. “He was martyred immediately.”

The strike was confirmed by a U.S. official in Washington.


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