Pentagon to funnel US arms to Yemen to fight al-Qaeda


Alex Spillius
London Telegraph
September 17, 2010

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The US State Department has reportedly raised concerns that with President Ali Abdullah Saleh facing rebellions in the north and south of the country he could divert the additional weaponry, coast patrol boats and aircraft from its intended purpose.

The terror threat from Yemen has escalated in the past 18 months, with estimates that about 300 al-Qaeda members or cells are operating there.

The gravity of the situation deepened after the failed Christmas Day attack on a flight heading for Detroit.

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The young Nigerian accused in the plot was reportedly trained in by al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen and given his final orders by Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric and American citizen based in the country.

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