The US State Department has admitted that American military cooperation with Yemeni officials includes military aid to maintain “stability” of the Sana’a regime.
According to the State Department, military relations between Yemen and the United States are steadily improving with the resumption of International Military Education and Training assistance and the transfer of military equipment and spare parts, Press TV’s Marjan Asi reports from Washington.
However, political analysts believe that the so-called “security” and “stability” that the US has been promoting in Yemen is actually intended to keep the embattled ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh in power.
The majority of Yemenis are unhappy with the expanding US military ties with their government, especially considering the harsh crackdown on protesters in recent days. This has led to an uneasy alliance between the two governments, facing an uncertain future.
In recent days, thousands of Yemeni protesters have taken to the streets across the country, calling for the ouster of Saleh.
The Yemeni president has described the pro-democracy protesters as “elements of a coup.”
Saleh, in power for 33 years, said that he would leave power after his term expires in 2013. He has also promised not to hand power to his son.
The Yemeni incumbent president has also pledged to raise wages of government employees and to provide 60,000 job opportunities for university graduates.
The Yemeni government crackdown on protesters, inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, has so far left at least 24 people dead.
The US also occasionally carries out drone attacks in Yemen. Despite such extraordinary measures, the country has grown increasingly unstable.
- Yemeni protesters shot dead at Sana’a University (guardian.co.uk)
- Yemen Protests: How Long Can It Hang Tough Against the Thugs? (time.com)