CIA present in Yemen since 2008: Report
Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:29:58 GMT
The US has opened a covert front against 'al-Qaeda' in Yemen by offering support to the country's military operations, a US intelligence sources says.
Citing an unnamed former CIA official, The New York Times reported late on Sunday that about a year ago the CIA sent many field operatives with counterterrorism experience to the country.
The report revealed that some of the most secretive special operations commandos have begun training Yemeni security forces.
The paper noted that the Pentagon will be spending more than USD 70 million over the next 18 months to train and equip Yemeni military, Interior Ministry and coast guard forces.
Yemen's national security chief had earlier declared that the country was receiving assistance from the US in the crackdown on what he called "al-Qaeda operatives" in southern Yemen.
Mohamed al-Anisi had told the Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz that the Yemeni forces were cooperating with the US military on attacks against al-Qaeda camps.
The developments come as international aid agencies and some UN bodies including the United Nations Children's Fund and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees have voiced concern over the dire condition of the Yemeni civilians, who have become the main victims of the conflict in the country.
The United Nations, which according to its charter is set up "to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace," has failed to adopt any concrete measures to help end the bloody war.
“Kurt Haskell said he and his wife, Lori, were playing cards near the boarding gate in Amsterdam when he saw a well-dressed man who appeared to be of Indian descent come to the assistance of the man he later learned was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The 23-year-old Nigerian was having trouble boarding the plane he is accused of trying to blow up because he had no passport, Haskell said.
“I think what I saw was his handler ... getting him on the plane," said Haskell, who was returning from a safari in Uganda. The Indian man, who looked about 50 years old, told ticket agents Abdulmutallab did not have a passport but needed to get on the plane, the Haskells said.
The ticket agent told the man nobody was allowed to board without a passport, to which the well-dressed man replied: “We do this all the time; he's from Sudan,” Lori Haskell said, adding she and her husband believe the man was trying to pass Abdulmutallab off as a Sudanese refugee.
The two were then directed down a corridor to talk to a manager, she said. “This meant nothing to me until this man tried to blow up the plane,” Kurt Haskell said.”
blackvault wrote:You don't think the CIA has operatives in every country? Let alone, every country in the middle east?
I would say that if the CIA was proven to only be in a few countries, and they all had Al Qaeda ties, then sure, you have a point.
But I guarantee the list of countries that the CIA does not operate in is either small or doesn't even exist.
My point is even though an Al Qaeda terrorist may be in the city I work in, doesn't make me a friend to terrorists.
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