Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Great, a New War to get into..... Yemen.

US warns of global Yemen threat

The US has offered to support the Yemeni government's fight against al-Qaeda, saying instability in the country could have "global implications".

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said on Monday that the US sees "global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al-Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region".

But Yemen's foreign minister ruled out direct US military intervention to tackle al-Qaeda fighters operating in his country.

"Yemen is going to deal with terrorism in its own way, out of its own interests and therefore I don't think it will counter fire," Abu Baker al-Qirbi told Al Jazeera on Monday.

Al-Qirbi said Yemen was happy to receive "development assistance" but not military intervention, adding: "The negative impact on Yemen is if there is direct intervention of the US and this is not the case."

'Not satisfied'

In her first comments since the attempted attack, she said the US administration was "not satisfied" with the Christmas Day incident.
Clinton told reporters after a meeting with Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, the visiting Qatar prime minister, that she would discuss additional steps with other US administration members this week.

"[We] will be meeting with the president tomorrow to go over our international reviews, to hear what others in our government also have concluded and to take whatever additional steps are necessary."

She said a meeting on Yemen planned to be held in London this month would give the international community a chance to assess both the threat in the Middle East country and the world's response.

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