US to Pump Up Yemen Military to Fight al-Qaeda

Right now there's a 'window of vulnerability'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2010 7:05 AM CST
US to Build Up Yemen Military to Fight al-Qaeda
Yemen anti-terrorism troops associated with interior ministry exercise in the suburbs of the capital Sana'a, Yemen, Monday. Nov. 5, 2007.   (AP Photo/ Mohammad al-Qadhi)

(Newser) – The US is moving to bolster its influence in Yemen, and the capabilities of the Yemeni military, to address what one Obama administration official calls “a window of vulnerability” against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The administration is considering creating forward operating bases for the Yemeni military in the tribal regions where AQAP operates, and staffing them with US trainers and advisers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The CIA has also been moving equipment into the country, and putting more spies in the field there.

Yemeni officials say they welcome the bases, but aren’t as keen on the US trainers. “Why create unnecessary problems?” says one. “Situating foreigners in security posts would be misconstrued as an unwelcome foreign presence.” The US already trains Yemeni counterterrorism teams, but those teams have been ineffective so far, and the US fears many are fighting Yemeni rebels and separatists rather than al-Qaeda. Proponents of the new bases argue that they’d push Yemen’s focus into those regions, and provide more badly needed on-the-ground intelligence. (Read more Yemen stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X