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Yemen security forces get $150m boost from US

23 Feb 2010

(MENAFN) Officials at the US government confirmed that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has approved a $150 million funding to train and equip Yemeni security forces to combat al Qaeda, Reuters reported.

The $150 million in funding will be used to supply equipment to and training for Yemen’s counterterrorism forces, said the officials, who asked not to be identified.

The funding approved by Gates for fiscal 2010 is up from $67 million last year, and underscores US concerns about the growing threat of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The sum does not include covert US assistance for Yemen, which has quietly increased in recent months, according to the officials.

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