Monday, January 4, 2010

The US can't afford to open a Yemen front or rely on its president

US official spokesmen have stepped up their rhetoric against al Qaeda in Yemen but do not have the manpower resources to open another anti-terror warfront in addition to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and to a lesser degree Somalia, DEBKAfile's Washington sources report.

Washington's problem with Yemen president Abdullah Salah is his dual policy: While posing as America's faithful ally in the war on the Islamist extremists, he maintains close back-door ties with al Qaeda.