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May 9, 2012

Pentagon sending trainers back into Yemen

The Pentagon is sending military trainers back into Yemen for what it calls “routine” cooperation with Yemeni security forces.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, said May 8 that “small numbers” of U.S. trainers have returned to Yemen recently. He would not be more specific about the number or when they arrived there.

Yemen is a key battleground in the conflict with al Qaeda. It has been a launching pad for attacks against the United States by the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

A U.S. military training program in Yemen was suspended last year after then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was badly injured in a militant attack. The new president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has requested increased U.S. counterterrorist cooperation. AP




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