U.S. to Train Yemeni Anti-Terror Forces [Archives:2001/49/Front Page]

December 3 2001

A senior US State Department official disclosed on Wednesday a US offer to train Yemeni anti-terrorism forces. Some military observers have interpreted the offer as a means to intensify the US military presence in countries once considered unfriendly.
The US official added that the US would offer as much assistance as required.
It is worthwhile to mention that President Saleh of Yemen had earlier given assurances to the US government that Yemen had already intensified its border guards presence and was interrogating and detaining suspected terrorists inside the country.
Besides offering military training, the US and Yemen are cooperating in the intelligence field. At the same time, the US government hopes to have more cooperation on the part of the Yemeni government in terms of fighting terrorism.