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Iran Diplomat Killed In Yemen Shooting

Source: RFE/RL

An Iranian diplomat has been killed by unidentified gunmen in the capital of Yemen, Sanaa. The diplomat, identified as Ali Asghar Assadi, was wounded in a drive-by shooting at the Iranian ambassador's residence on January 17. He later died in the hospital.

Hospital officials in Sanaa said the diplomat had been hit in the shoulder, abdomen, and stomach.

Another Iranian diplomat, Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht, was kidnapped in Sanaa in July and remains in captivity.

It is believed he is being held by Al-Qaeda militants.

Yemen has seen heavy fighting in the north of the country between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels.

The Sunni fighters charge that Iran is supporting the Shi'a.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

Copyright (c) 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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Iran and Bahrain: The New York Times' Uncritical Take - I was a bit surprised to see the New York Times lump together Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain so cavalierly as objects of Iranian military adventurism. The veteran reporters Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt should have known that Iran's relations with these three countries are very different and driven by the particular conditions in each country. -Jim Lobe 01/16/14


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