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US, UK Close Yemen Embassies, Up Aid

From a context free Associated Press:

Yemeni soldiers stand guard on a road leading to the US embassy in Sanaa in 2008.

US, UK close Yemen embassies over al-Qaida threats

By Ahmed Al-haj And Lee Keath, Associated Press Writers

January 3, 2010

SAN’A, Yemen – The U.S. and Britain closed their embassies in Yemen on Sunday in the face of al-Qaida threats, after both countries announced an increase in aid to the government to fight the terror group linked to the failed attempt to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas…

White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said the American Embassy, which was attacked twice in 2008, was shut Sunday because of "indications al-Qaida is planning to carry out an attack against a target inside of San’a, possibly our embassy."

"We’re not going to take any chances" with the lives of embassy personnel, Brennan said. A statement on the embassy’s Web site announcing the closure did not say how long it would remain closed.

In London, Britain’s Foreign Office said its embassy was closed for security reasons. It said officials would decide later whether to reopen it on Monday.

The closure comes as Washington is dramatically stepping up aid to Yemen to fight al-Qaida, which has built up strongholds in remote parts of the impoverished, mountainous nation where government control outside the capital is weak.

Over the weekend, Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. general who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, announced that Washington this year will more than double the $67 million in counterterrorism aid that it provided Yemen in 2009. On Saturday, Petraeus met with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to discuss coordination in the fight against al-Qaida.

Britain announced Sunday that Washington and London will fund a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen. Britain will also host a high-level international conference Jan. 28 to come up with an international strategy to counter radicalization in Yemen.

The U.S. also provided intelligence and other help to back two Yemeni air and ground assaults on al-Qaida hide-outs last month, reported to have killed more than 60 people. Yemeni authorities said more than 30 suspected militants were among the dead.

The U.S. has increasingly provided intelligence, surveillance and training to Yemeni forces during the past year, and has provided some firepower, a senior U.S. defense official has said. Some of that assistance may be through the expanded use of unmanned drones, and the U.S. is providing funding to Yemen for helicopters and other equipment. Officials, however, say there are no U.S. ground forces or fighter aircraft in Yemen…

This makes no sense whatsoever.

No less of a foreign affairs expert that Mr. Obama (who studied international relations at Columbia) has constantly told us that the war in Afghanistan is all that matters.

Every other country is just a distraction.

There have been a spate of assaults on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen.

In an attack in September 2008, gunmen and two vehicles packed with explosives attacked the U.S. Embassy, killing 19 people, including an 18-year-old American woman and six militants. None of those killed or wounded were U.S. diplomats or embassy employees. Al-Qaida in Yemen claimed responsibility.

In March 2008, three mortars missed the U.S. Embassy and crashed into a high school for girls nearby, killing a security guard. In March 2003, two people were shot dead and dozens more were wounded as police clashed with demonstrators trying to storm the embassy.

Last January, gunmen in a car exchanged fire with police at a checkpoint near the embassy, hours after the embassy received threats of a possible attack by al-Qaida. Nobody was injured. In April, embassy personnel were put on a one-week lockdown, barred from leaving their homes or the embassy after al-Qaida suicide bombings that targeted South Korean visitors.

Remember all the outrage in our media after all those attacks?

We don’t either.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “US, UK Close Yemen Embassies, Up Aid”

  1. canary says:

    (Obama) He also emphasized that the United States would continue its partnerships with friendly countries — citing Yemen, in particular — to fight terrorists and extremist groups…

    What a hypocrite.

    Obama in 2006 wrote: “what we got was an assortment of outdated policies from eras gone by, dusted off, slapped together, and with new labels affixed. Reagon’s “Evil Empire” was now “the Axis of Evil.”

    “Instead of guiding the principles, we have what appear to be a series of ad hoc decisions, with dubious results….”

    “Why invade Iraq and not North Korea or Burma?”….

    “Perhaps someone inside the White House has clear answers to these questions. But or allies–and for that matter our enemies–certainly don’t know what those answers are. More important, neither do the American people. Without a well-articulated strategy that the pubic supports and the world understands, ….”

    Obama admits”
    “I don’t presume to have this grand strategy in my hip pocket.”

    Obama has relabeled the spread of terrorists as “the intolerant” (his description of Hasan’s terrorist attack against Ft. Hood”

    DHS’s relabeled “man-made disasters”

    To answer Obama’s question why we fought Iraq and not North Korea & Burma, is they are not financing the spread of terrorist attacks across the globe.

    Worst, Obama admits he doesn’t have a strategy in his hip pocket, and the only one we’ve seen is apologize for America and bow to every country.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    From an overjoyed AP:

    Britain, US to fund Yemen anti-terror police unit

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100103/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_yemen

    By MEERA SELVA, Associated Press Writer Meera Selva, Associated Press Writer – 19 mins ago

    LONDON – The British government said Sunday that Prime Minister Gordon Brown and U.S. President Barack Obama had agreed to fund a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen to tackle the rising terrorist threat from the country.

    Brown’s Downing Street Office said the United Kingdom and the United States had also agreed to increase support for Yemen’s coast guard operation. Pirates operating in the waters between Somalia and Yemen have seized four ships in the last week.

    In Washington, however, a senior administration official said he’s unaware of any new joint effort that is ready to be announced. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive matters, said American and British forces currently provide the Yemeni police counterterrorism assistance.

    Downing Street said Brown and Obama will push the U.N. Security Council to create a larger peacekeeping force for Somalia.

    The British government unveiled its plans in the wake of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of a passenger plane bound for Detroit.

    Brown called last week for a high-level international meeting later this month to devise ways to counter radicalization in Yemen. He said an international approach is needed to combat the increasing influence of al-Qaida in Yemen. The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack.

    Downing Street said the government of Yemen had been consulted over the decision to boost the country’s coast guard and police operations.

    The White House said Washington stands ready to work with allies to fight extremism. The official welcomed Brown’s move earlier to lead an international conference on Jan. 28 to devise ways to counter radicalization in the country, the poorest in the Arab world.

    The official also was unable to confirm any plans to push for a larger U.N. peacekeeping force for Somalia.

    Wait, I thought the “real” war was in Afghanistan. Didn’t Bush “waste” billions of dollars on “witch hunts”?

    Wasn’t it a “bad idea” to go looking for terrorists in places where they weren’t?

    Don’t do as I do, do as I say. And it’s such a good thing to just throw money at it when we all know how good our friendly neighborhood muslim nations are at finding and eliminating our enemies. I’m sure they’ll be successful if only we redistribute the right amount of money.

  3. canary says:

    Obama moves fast when an alleged, attempted incidents possibly may occur, as according to AP; “spats” have occured in the past. Obama takes no chances with Embassy personnel, as the loyal AP still does not remember Obama released convicted Yemen terrorists that murdered U.S. soldiers on U.S.S. Cole.

    AP: US, UK close Yemen embassies over al-Qaida threats
    By Ahmed Al-haj And Lee Keath Jan 3 2009

    SAN’A, Yemen – The U.S. and Britain closed their embassies in Yemen on Sunday in the face of al-Qaida threats, after both countries announced an increase in aid…

    The confrontation with al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen has gained new urgency since the 23-year-old Nigerian accused in the attack, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, …..

    White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said the American Embassy, which was attacked twice in 2008, was shut Sunday because of “indications al-Qaida is planning to carry out an attack against a target inside of San’a, possibly our embassy.”

    “We’re not going to take any chances” with the lives of embassy personnel, Brennan said. A statement on the embassy’s Web site announcing the closure did not say how long it would remain closed…

    … Gen. David Petraeus, …this year will more than double the $67 million in counterterrorism aid that it provided Yemen in 2009…

    Yemen, …was the scene of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, …

    But the terror group has rallied, announcing in January 2009 the creation of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,….two Saudis who were released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2007 and 2006 have taken up senior roles….

    There have been a spate of assaults on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen.

    In an attack in September 2008, gunmen and two vehicles packed with explosives attacked the U.S. Embassy, killing 19 people….

    In March 2008, three mortars missed the U.S. Embassy…

    In March 2003, two people were shot dead and dozens more were wounded…

    Last January, gunmen in a car exchanged fire with police at a checkpoint near the embassy, hours after the embassy received threats of a possible attack by al-Qaida….

    As recently as July, security was upgraded in San’a after intelligence reports warned of attacks planned against the U.S. Embassy.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100103/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_yemen_al_qaida;_ylt=AoJEXWJhn5qWHLpa5S0el52s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNoamIybG9iBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTAzL21sX3llbWVuX2FsX3FhaWRhBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDMQRwb3MDMgRwdANob21lX2Nva2UEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDdXN1a2Nsb3NleWVt

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m daydreaming about the possibility of o-blah-blah and his entire administration setting up shop over there in the closed embassy. That way they could be right there to ‘sway’ these ‘troubled terrorists’ over to our side.

    The dream even looks better when they take Reid, Pelosi, Fwank, Dodd, Rangle, etc, etc along with them for their suave help.

    Ahhhhhh. Nice to dream.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Maybe they can all have a “Last” beer summit before the onslaught of a cold, steel rain.

  5. proreason says:

    He’s beginning the war on budget deficits. Expect more of this.

    And btw, since it doesn’t help to try to prevent terrorism, wouldn’t we be better off to spend money on political favors than Homeland Security. It’s so obvious that it takes a Hahvad grad to see it.

  6. joeblough says:

    Obambi commands history’s most capable military.

    So how does he respond to angry thugs?

    Duck and cover.


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