Feds more than double aid to Yemen
Yemeni militants, suspected of being members of al Qaeda, patrol on their pick ups in the restive southern city of Zinjibar.
August 7th, 2012
10:16 PM ET

Feds more than double aid to Yemen

By Jamie Crawford

The United States will provide Yemen with the largest amount of U.S. government assistance to date for both the civilian and security sectors,the State Department announced Tuesday.

The Obama administration will provide $337 million in assistance in the 2012 fiscal year, up from $147 million provided in the previous fiscal year, the State Department said in a news release.

The United States has an interest in ensuring stability in Yemen, which is one of the poorest countries in the Arab world and one where a democratic transition is still under way. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the organization's most lethal affiliate, is based in the southern portion of the country.

The government of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi has itself been the target of al Qaeda-linked militants in recent months. In May, a suicide bomb blamed on AQAP killed more than 100 government troops.

U.S. officials consider the Yemeni arm of al Qaeda to be the most active in plotting attacks against the United States. In May, the United States and other countries worked together to foil an attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound flight.

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced from office in February after widespread protests against his 32-year rule.

Hadi, who was serving as Saleh's vice president, took power in a succession plan brokered by the United States and regional allies.

In the new assistance package, the State Department will provide roughly $47 million in security assistance. The Pentagon will provide an additional $112 million to train and equip the Yemeni security forces to conduct counterterrorism operations.

On the civilian side, the United States will provide $178 million for humanitarian aid, development and assistance to help Yemen transition to democracy.

Yemen is home to nearly 550,000 internally displaced persons, more than 225,000 refugees, and 140,000 migrants and asylum seekers, the State Department said in a news release.

As part of the deal that saw Saleh leave power, Yemen is undergoing constitutional and electoral change intended to lead to democratic elections by early 2014.

"We will continue to monitor carefully all U.S. assistance to ensure it serves its intended purpose and to guard against human rights abuses by preventing persons or groups who have committed human rights violations from receiving U.S. funding," the release said.

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  1. BustyEdith

    Some genuinely wonderful articles on this website, thanks for contribution. "An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do." by Dylan Thomas. BustyEdith http://alittledoseoflaughter.tumblr.com

    February 12, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
  2. Fact.

    Obviously the US would rather spend this money at home. The US isn't aiding Yemen simply because they feel bad for these people. They are doing it because Yemen is a complete mess and a breeding ground for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • quarkk

      With Americans killing far more of themselves than any terrorist ever has, it is logically apparent that you know absolutely nothing of which you speak.

      You sir, are a moron par exellance.

      Imagine me spitting phlem in your eye.

      August 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
      • Fact.

        Yemen is home of the strongest al Qaeda branch in the world (AQAP). We are doing well against them because of the increase in American support. Don't bring unrelated points into this conversation about Americans killing far more of themselves than terrorists. You think because this is true we should ignore groups like AQAP and spend all of our money domestically?

        August 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • quarkk

        When our country is hurting the way it is, then yes we should spend OUR money HERE.

        Do not forget that radical Islamic attacks against America came only after our shameful support of Israel and its apartheid convictions.

        Read a book. One about the yum kippur war.

        One about white phosphorus, and the protection of Israel from war crimes tribunals by a US vote....

        August 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  3. Aaron Chaney

    TEHRAN, (SANA) – Rezaei: Foreign Meddling in Syria's Internal Affairs 'A Grave Misstep'

    Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei deplores the foreign meddling in the internal affairs of Iranian ally Syria and he calls it both calculated and a 'grave misstep' in international relations.

    While reiterating Iran's unconditional support and pledge to defend Syria's government and people against foreign aggressors, Rezaei related to al-Alam Satellite Channel his condemnation of a recent kidnapping of Iranian civilian pilgrims by armed terrorist groups in Syria as the 'worst kind of terrorism'.

    During the on-air dialogue Rezaei refuted what he termed 'fake news being circulated' as a clear fabrication that has linked the kidnapped pilgrims to Iran's Revolutionary Guard and he promised this complicit crime has not gone unnoticed.

    "The Iranian Foreign Ministry holds the United States responsible for the safety of Iranian pilgrims who were kidnapped in light of its role of willfully inciting armed groups throughout Syria, not to mention the arms they are illegally supplying these outlaw mercenaries with, who according to international law are designated as terrorists."

    Rezaei called on Qatar and Turkey to shoulder the responsibility for the pilgrims safety and to work for their release as soon as possible and his position was restated by the Iranian Foreign Ministry who hastily summoned the Swiss Charge d'Affairs in Tehran to protest the kidnapping of the Iranian Pilgrims by armed terrorists.

    Reza Zabib, Presstv Satellite Transmission Director General of the North America Bureau of the Iranian Foreign Ministry informed the Swiss envoy that Washington is responsible for the lives of the Iranian nationals kidnapped while on a pilgrimage in Syria.

    Zabib underlined that the US needs to use its influence on these kidnappers and set the abducted Iranian pilgrims free 'without any preconditions'.

    Switzerland's charge' d'affaires said all Iranian demands have been formally conveyed to the US administration whose forthcoming response will in turn be relayed to Iran.

    The Swiss embassy has represented US interests in Iran since Tehran and Washington severed diplomatic relations back in the year of 1980.

    August 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  4. Kittyg

    No more aid to any African country! That continent is the black hole of the world. All the aid in the world will not do any good! Just like welfare here at home, all it does is encourage the lazy to sit around waiting to the next handout instead of doing something for themselves, like getting rid of the tribal chiefs who steal the aid anyway!

    August 8, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  5. give them more than israel

    investment well spent. it will save america another war.

    August 8, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • quarkk

      You are a fool. Good intentioned I'm sure.

      But a fool nonetheless...

      August 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  6. quarkk

    What about America??

    How about spending our money on Americans??

    August 8, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
    • Kittyg


      August 8, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  7. Feeling Groovy


    These people need more. Sometimes I'm ashamed to call myself an American.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • jimmer

      you give....I'm broke.

      August 8, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Kittyg

      You can be ashamed all you want! Why don't you go there and do something since they won't do it for themselves! And you can give them all you want! Personally, I believe that charity begins at home and these days we need it!

      August 8, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply

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