Britain, US funding Yemen anti-terror police unit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LONDON (AP) - The British government says Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama have agreed to back a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen as part of ongoing work against terrorism.

A senior Obama administration official said American and British
forces already provide the Yemeni police counterterrorism assistance, and that he's unaware of any new joint effort that is ready to be announced.

A U.K. government spokeswoman said the initiatives in Yemen are part of ongoing work and that the cost of the counterterrorism
police unit will be met by existing funding commitments.

Britain also says Brown and Obama believe that in Somalia "a larger peacekeeping force is required and will support this at the UN Security Council."

The British government unveiled its plans in the wake of the failed Christmas Day bombing of a passenger plane bound for Detroit.


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