Yemeni officials may 'deny', but the reality is that the CIA, US Special Forces, and the US military, and now pretty much in charge of all of Arabia from the Meditteranean coastline with Israel, to Jordan, to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen.
And Iraq is soon to be brought under US domination as well.
Yemen Says No Foreign Role in Crackdown on Qaeda
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SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen said Wednesday it would use only its own troops to hunt down al Qaeda suspects, dismissing
reports that U.S. special forces may launch covert operations against militants believed to have fled Afghanistan.
``Yemen's position is clear: Yemeni forces are the ones responsible for conducting any operations -- be they searches or
attacks,'' a government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The official was responding to an ABC News report Tuesday that the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. military were
ready to launch a large covert operation in Yemen to hunt down al Qaeda fugitives.
He said cooperation with the United States was limited to the training of Yemeni security forces and the exchange of intelligence
on Muslim militants.
The official said security forces were hunting for two men to question them over suspected al Qaeda links. He identified them as
Abu Issam and Abu Ali but gave no further details.
Yemen is keen to shake off its reputation as a haven for Muslim militants and says it is holding 85 people arrested in a manhunt
for members of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group, blamed for the September 11 attacks on the United States.
The Yemeni official said only 12 Yemenis had returned from Afghanistan after a U.S.-led assault toppled the country's Taliban
regime, allegedly for sheltering bin Laden. He said they were handed over to Yemen by neighboring Oman.
``Yemenis who have been in Afghanistan are now in U.S. custody...,'' he said.
U.S. officials told Reuters Wednesday as many as 500 Special Operations troops had been moved to Djibouti in East Africa for
possible missions against al Qaeda guerrillas in the region, especially in Yemen -- Saudi-born bin Laden's ancestral home.
The New York Times reported that any strikes from Djibouti into Yemen could target guerrillas responsible for the October
2000 attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen's Aden harbor, which killed 17 American sailors.