U.S. INCREASES MILITARY AID TO YEMEN
The United States plans to significantly increase
military aid to Yemen.
The Bush administration has asked for a huge increase in military aid to
Yemen over the next year. The aid is meant to train and equip Yemen's navy,
coast guard and special operations forces.
The State Department provided figures for its military aid request for
Sanaa in fiscal years 2003 and 2004. The figures also included a
supplemental budget provided to Yemen over the last year.
The department said Yemen received $20 million in supplemental military
aid in fiscal 2002. The administration has requested that Congress approve a
$2 million military aid package for Yemen in fiscal 2003 and $15 million in
"Yemen has not been an easy partner," an official said. "But it is an
important country in our fight against Al Qaida."
Officials said the military aid would be used for the supply of naval
vessels to help form Yemen's coast guard. The United States also plans to
supply command and control systems as well as counter-insurgency equipment
to Yemen's special operation forces.
The Bush administration plans to increase U.S. military aid from about
$4 billion in fiscal 2002 to $4.4 billion in 2004. The tentative figure
reported for fiscal 2003 is $4.107 billion.