UK and US agree to fund anti-terrorism unit to tackle Yemen extremists
Sunday 03 January 2010
Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama have agreed to fund a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen to tackle the rising terrorist threat from the country, it was announced in London early today.
The UK and the US have 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 that, in addition, Brown and Obama will push the UN Security Council to create a larger peacekeeping force for Somalia.
The government unveiled the plans in the wake of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of a passenger plane bound for Detroit. Downing Street said the government of Yemen had been consulted over the decision to boost the country's coast guard and police operations.
President Barack Obama confirmed yesterdy that the Christmas Day bomb suspect was trained and armed by a Yemeni terror group linked to al-Qa'ida. He vowed that all those involved in the failed Northwest Airlines bomb plot would be "held to account" by the US.
US Homeland Security officials investigating how the former UK student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab smuggled explosives on to and came close to destroying Flight 253 with 278 people on board have established the plot was masterminded by a group known as "al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula".
"We know that he travelled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qa'ida, and that this group – al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula – trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America," Mr Obama said in his weekly address yesterday.
Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula is a militant Islamist group based in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Its deputy leader is believed to be Said Ali al-Shihri, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, released from Saudi custody in 2007.
Mr Obama ordered the investigation into the US intelligence shortcomings that failed to stop the plot, which was unsuccessful only because Abdulmutallab was unable to detonate the device. US investigators have established that after being refused a visa to Britain Abdulmutallab left Nigeria to study for a master's degree in Dubai. It's believed he went toYemen last autumn "to improve his Arabic". According to sources close to his family, they were unaware of his return to Lagos on Christmas Eve before catching a KLM flight to Amsterdam and from there to Detroit.
The magicians using online collaboration to push boundaries
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Jennifer Lawrence: 'It should be illegal to call someone fat on TV'
Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'
Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Peter O'Toole: Tales of the late film icon
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- < Previous
- Next >
£25000 - £32000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Junior Business Analyst - Banking...
£21999 - £27001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Do you have exten...
£25000 - £35000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Harrington Starr: Business Analy...
£42000 - £51000 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Are You Receiving...