General Joseph Votel, the head of the U.S. military?s Central Command, speaks aboard the USS New Orleans, an amphibious dock ship, as it travels through the Strait of Hormuz July 11, 2016. REUTERS/PHIL STEWART
Reuters: U.S. weighs more robust presence in Yemen for al Qaeda fight
The U.S. military is weighing an increase in its presence in Yemen to better challenge al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, building on momentum against the group after a successful offensive by Gulf allies, a top U.S. general told Reuters.
U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, who oversees American troops in the region, said in an interview that a variety of locations could be suitable for American forces but did not disclose potential sites or suggest a recommendation was imminent.
"We want to be able to work within a very secure environment to focus on the very (particular) mission we have there - which is principally focused on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)," he said, speaking in Baghdad. "We will try to posture the force where we can best do that."
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WNU Editor: Yemen is still gripped by war .... 38 killed in violence across Yemen on Sunday (Turkish Weekly), and terrorism .... Twin bombings kill 11 in ex-Al Qaida strongholds in Yemen (AFP). Will more U.S. forces in the region make a difference .... I doubt it.