Thursday, September 16, 2010

U.S. Special Forces Working Discreetly in Yemen

WASHINGTON - American commandos are working discreetly in Yemen's mountains to train that country's military to fight al-Qaeda-linked extremists in a signature Obama administration effort to fight terrorism without inflaming anti-U.S. sentiment.

The scope and amount of the military training in Yemen have grown slowly, reflecting the Pentagon's intention to tackle the terror threat while being mindful that a large American footprint in the conservative, Muslim country could actually fuel the insurgency, while also being financially unaffordable.

"Over the last year, the number of U.S. trainers moving in and out of Yemen has doubled, from 25 to about 50 now. The numbers fluctuate depending on the training schedule, but they are providing a complex level of instruction that combines tactical ground and air operations." 
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