Sunday, January 3, 2010

U.S. Military Involvement In Yemen More Deeper Than Reported

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U.S. Leading Assaults On al Qaeda In Yemen -- CBS News

Cruise Missile Strikes, Military Units on Ground Exemplify American Actions in Country.

(CBS) Recent combined air and ground assaults against al Qaeda in Yemen last month were American-led, according to a U.S. special operations expert who trains Yemeni forces.

"It was cruise missile strikes in combination with military units on the ground,? Sebastian Gorka, an instructor at the U.S. Special Operation?s Command?s Joint Special Operations University, told CBS News Correspondent Kimberly Dozier."It was a very distinct signal from the Obama administration that they are serious in assisting Yemen to remove these al Qaeda facilities from its soil.

"That was very much something executed by the United States, but with heavy support by the Yemeni government," Gorka told Dozier.

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My Comment: This is a major escalation for the U.S. in Yemen's civil war .... with little if any public debate back home on what our role should be in this conflict. In addition .... I suspect that Saudi Arabia is even more involved in helping the Yemen Government to defeat the extremist groups in its country, making this conflict a major regional confrontation involving a number of foreign powers .... including Iran.

Update: Despite Al Qaeda Threat, U.S. Not Planning to Expand Terror Fight in Yemen -- FOX News

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