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U.S., Yemen Agree To Restart Controversial Military-Training Program

March 8, 2012 by  

U.S., Yemen Agree To Restart Controversial Military-Training Program

U.S. and Yemeni officials have agreed to restart a controversial military-training program to help the Arab nation’s new President tackle the al-Qaida militants that exist in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the news outlet, President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has openly turned to the U.S. as part of an attempt to get the upper hand over the terrorist group. However, this move may have a key drawback – upsetting the political balance of power in the country and making the overhaul of the nation’s security forces more complicated.

Dozens of U.S. special operations forces that are already in the country are set to resume their training of counterterrorism forces. This restart occurs after a lull last year amid a wave of new sophisticated assaults by the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida and loosely linked jihadi groups, the Journal reported.

Reuters reported that the presence of U.S. troops in Yemen has already allegedly led to the attack of an American intelligence officer, as al-Qaida said on an Islamist website that the action came as a result of the rising number of troops entering the nation.

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  • Gary L

    One way or another they will eventually use what they learn against us.

    • Sirian

      Agreed! 100%!!!!!

    • TML

      Considering al-Qaida was trained by the U.S. to once fight against the ‘evil’ communism of Russia, one would have thought we’d have learned our lesson. Apparently not.

      • Sirian

        Not apparently TML, OBVIOUSLY!! :) Yeah I know, I like that word. . . ;)

  • Freedom Gary

    Gee I wounder what could go wrong with this, lets look back for the past 40-50 years we might see a pattern you think?

    • Joe H

      Remember, the deffinition of insanity. doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome!! They’re all INSANE!!!

  • eddie47d

    The Yemen government has a military force of about 90,000 and has mandatory conscription. It also eats up 40% of that nations budget. We now have a “secretive” Military base in that country and dock our ships at their port (USS Cole). Saudi Arabia buys military equipment from us and then sells it to the Yemen government and we both say it’s to fight al Qaeda. Three days ago the rebels (not al Qaeda) attacked a military base and won and in the process killed dozens of soldiers. In 1990 Yemen was two countries: The Yemen Arab Republic and Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen. The situation from there went from bad to worse when they merged as one nation.A Civil War ensued (North and South) which has never ended. Their government is unreliable and the rebels are treacherous so why do we cling to all the stink holes in the world? I assume because it is a strategic location and a good place to go after Somali pirates but is that enough to hemorrhage our tax dollars.

  • s c

    What is it that America gets by ‘training’ other countries? Is it the thought that counts? Such plans might have worked 50 years ago, but now we have to try and think ahead.
    People, Uncle Scam never learned HOW to ‘think ahead.’ The old fart is too busy praising himself and sucking up to elected hobags to do it right.
    In a year or two, Uncle Scam will have to think about using a counter-insurgency force to counter the effects of the first attempt. Whizzing up a tree would get more done. Let those other countries train themselves.
    Bring our military HOME. Close our borders. Let our elected hobags go overseas and “train” those other countries. When they start being victimized and hurt (or worse), they’ll see the light and cancel all training schemes.
    When something is broken, either fix it or end it. This system is broken. It doesn’t work. It’s a waste of time and money – and lives.

    • Sirian

      s c,
      Think for a moment, we send in troops to train others – sure – while in turn it helps maintain the content level amongst arms dealers as well as the entire Military Industrial Complex? They don’t want to interrupt that cash cow’s flow of profitable milk. When it comes right down to it that is one of the primary driving forces behind “interventionism”.
      No, we’d never do anything like that. . . :(

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