Yemen needs aid to fight al Qaeda-foreign minister

DUBAI, Nov 8 (BestGrowthStock) – Yemen needs more help from its
allies to combat al Qaeda, its foreign minister said on Monday,
just two days after the militant group said it had been
responsible for sending U.S.-bound parcel bombs on two aircraft.

Yemen is under pressure from Washington to crush a wing of
al Qaeda, but also faces intermittent revolt by Shi’ites in the
north and a secessionist movement in the south.

Two parcel bombs from Yemen were intercepted in Britain and
Dubai two weeks ago, in a foiled plot claimed by al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen.

Washington has helped Yemen target militants but Sanaa is
concerned about more overt U.S. involvement that could alienate
ordinary Yemenis and boost al Qaeda. Some other Western
countries also give aid to the impoverished Arabian Peninsula
state.

“Those who want to help the Yemeni government should help
build its forces to fight terrorism and give its security forces
training and equipment, as well as logistical support in
communications and transportation,” Abu Bakr al Qirbi told the
pan Arab news channel Al Arabiya.

The foreign minister told the local English daily The
National that Yemen maintained its independence in its security
operations.

“The United States cooperates with Yemen in intelligence,
but the operations are conducted by the Yemeni security forces.”

Al Qaeda’s Yemen wing last year claimed a foiled Christmas
Day plot to bomb a U.S.-bound passenger plane and staged an
unsuccessful assassination attempt on a Saudi security chief.

Qirbi said Yemen’s security forces had done well so far in
the fight against the militant group given the resources it has.

“I think our security forces have managed a lot of
achievements in facing al Qaeda,” the paper quoted the minister,
who was in Abu Dhabi, as saying.

AQAP also claimed it had caused the crash in September of a
UPS (UPS.N: ) cargo plane in Dubai in its statement on Friday,
though the UAE’s civil aviation authority has said there was no
evidence that an explosive device had brought the aircraft down.
(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Matthew Jones)

Yemen needs aid to fight al Qaeda-foreign minister