Britain, US to fund Ye men anti-terror police unit
By MEERA SELVA
LONDON – The British government said Sunday that Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama had agreed to fund a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen to tackle the rising terrorist threat from the country.
Brown’s Downing Street Office said the U.K. and the U.S. had also agreed to increase support for Yemen’s coast guard operation. Pirates operating in the waters between Somalia and Yemen have seized four ships in the last week.
Downing Street said Brown and Obama will push the U.N. Security Council to create a larger peacekeeping force for Somalia.
The British government unveiled its plans in the wake of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of a passenger plane bound for Detroit.
Brown called last week for a high-level international meeting later this month to devise ways to counter radicalization in Yemen. He said an international approach is needed to combat the increasing influence of al-Qaida in Yemen. The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack.
Downing Street said the government of Yemen had been consulted over the decision to boost the country’s coast guard and police operations.
The White House had no immediate comment on the specific joint police unit but broadly said Washington stood ready to work with allies to fight extremism. An official in Obama’s government welcomed Brown’s move earlier to lead an international conference on Jan. 28 to devise ways to counter radicalization in the country, the poorest in the Arab world.
Less than two weeks ago, Obama ordered the Navy to fire missiles into Yemen at suspected Al Qaida targets. Now we can add Yemen to the list Islamic countries that we are funding in this so called war on terror. Others being Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Not only are things getting worse across the world, but part of Bin Laden’s plan was to break us financially and he is succeeding in that wish. What our leaders fail to understand is that this war is forever and if we do not end Muslim immigration, it is just a matter of time until we lose. As they will never stop pushing.