Yemen is embarking on a major initiative in its war on terror and plans to build four new branches for the country's elite counter-terrorism units next year, a spokesman for the country's American embassy said on Saturday.
Mohammed Albasha said the branches will be located in four different locations - Mareb, Shabwa, Abyan and Hadramawt.
Hadramawt, Albasha said, "will have the largest contingency of counter-terror units. This is the next phase in the war on terrorism – we are bringing the fight to al Qaeda."
Yemen has been locked in a struggle with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the offshoot of the al Qaeda terror network based in Yemen.
It grabbed the attention of the west with the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines trans-Atlantic flight as it landed in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day in 2009.
Over the past year, U.S. Special Forces have expanded the type of training they're giving to Yemen's military, while also adding more Special Operations forces to the training mission there.FULL STORY