Yemen / by Lewis McKinnon

Former Yemini Vice President Khaled Bahah denounced his surprise dismissal as a threat to upcoming peace talks. United Nations (UN)-sponsored peace talks began in Kuwait on Thursday 21 April, despite set backs due to cease-fire breaches and disagreements over the agenda for the talks. A southern secessionist movement which manifested in Aden seemed to threaten any advancements that could be made in the peace talks. The United Kingdom (UK) denounced the slow conduct of the Saudi inquiry into its bombing campaign. A report was released tying United States (US)-made bombs to a Saudi-led strike last month on a market, which killed over 97 civilians. An Islamic State (IS) attack targeting young army recruits killed at least four people in Aden. The southern port city of Mukalla andYemen’s largest oil terminal, which is 42 miles away, were recaptured from militants from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) by government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A car bomb exploded outside the home of Aden’s security chief. The World Bank’s latest Middle East and North Africa (MENA) economic monitor report predicted that Yemen’s social and economic prospects for 2016 would strongly depend on the year’s political and security fronts.