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2010-02-03 08:00:00(GMT)

GlobalVote 047: Given the military responsibilities of the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan and Iraq, should Yemen be the next battlefield in the global war on terror?


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Yemen, the world's poorest Arab country, is now the focus of the United States' and NATO's global war on terror. On Christmas day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who reportedly had ties to Al Qaeda in Yemen, attempted to blow up a passenger plane on U.S. soil. Despite recent plans to increase troop levels in Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO are now increasing their cooperation with the Yemeni government in fighting militant forces and Al Qaeda in the country. The Pentagon's publicly disclosed budget for operations in Yemen grew from $4.6 million in 2006 to $46 million last year. The U.S. will more than double its security assistance to Yemen in the coming year.

GlobalVote 047: Given the military responsibilities of the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan and Iraq, should Yemen be the next battlefield in the global war on terror?

Approve: (Yes, Yemen should be the next battlefield in the global war on terror)

Reject: (No, Yemen should not the next battlefield in the global war on terror)

Yemen, the world's poorest Arab country, is now the focus of the United States's and NATO's global war on terror. On Christmas day, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who reportedly had ties to Al Qaeda in Yemen, attempted to blow up a passenger plane on U.S. soil. Despite recent plans to increase troop levels in Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO are now increasing their cooperation with the Yemeni government in fighting militant forces and Al Qaeda in the country.

The Middle East Islamic country has long been involved in terrorist related activities. This is partially because the country welcomed returning Islamic fighters from the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980's. In addition to Abdulmutallab's connection to the country, Yemen was previously in the spotlight after the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole off the country's coast in the Gulf of Aden. With Islamic radicalism on the rise in neighboring Somalia and East Africa, there are fears that Yemen could become the new center for Al Qaeda operations in the Middle East.

The U.S. and its NATO allies have recently laid the groundwork for increased naval, air and ground attacks in the country. The Pentagon's publicly disclosed budget for operations in Yemen grew from $4.6 million in 2006 to $46 million last year. Just in the past month, the U.S. has conducted bombing and missile attacks in the north and south of the country. Britain and France are also cooperating with the Yemeni government in combating opposition forces in the country.

Despite the security issues in the country, there are concerns that the U.S. and NATO are already overextending their troops and resources in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. While the attempted Christmas bombing has put Yemen back in the spotlight, there are concerns that this attempted suicide bombing on U.S. soil is insufficient justification for increased military presence in the country.

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