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Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, met with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday in Yemen, according to a senior U.S. government source.
On Tuesday, Yemen's parliament ratified the International Convention for the Suppression of Financing of Terrorism, the official SABA state news agency reported. The move aligned Yemen with the United States in expanding the fight against terrorism to sources of funding.
Gordon Brown has called for a high-level international summit to look at ways of tackling Islamic extremism in Yemen.
Mr Brown called for the establishment of a new "Friends of Yemen" group to pool international effort, resources and expertise to support the country.
A Member of the Yemeni parliament Shawqi Al-Qadhi warned the U.S. on Tuesday against sending its troops to Yemen to fight Al-Qaeda, describing such action as “a disaster by all means.”
The warning comes while some senators argue that “Yemen will be tomorrow’s war” for the US.
“If the U.S insists on sending its troops to Yemen, the whole Yemeni people will turn to the Al-Qaeda,” said Al-Qadhi, who represents the opposition party, the JMP.
During a November 2005 trip to the U.S., Saleh was told that the Yemeni government was being suspended from the USAID program. The suspension shocked President Saleh, who was under the impression that he was actually coming to Washington to be rewarded for Yemen’s help in the war against al-Qaeda.
Originally posted by heyo
This is old news. The usa and Yemen have been collaborating since 9/11. It was this collaboration that essentially expelled Alquada from Yemen in the first place, but at the same time gave rise to the Houthi rebellion.
Yemen is a prime example of why you must implement some sort of ifrastructure in a country once groups like alquada have been driven out. Which is of course what allies are doing in afghanistan and Iraq, which is of course why people hate the allies. It seems like a no win situation.