Yemen has launched a new offensive against al Qaeda operatives within its borders, mobilising thousands of security forces in the provinces of Shabwa, Maarib and Abyan, according to a security source.
Any transferral of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay military prison to Yemen “is not a good idea”, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday.
The U.S. changed its position after it was revealed that the militant who failed in his attempt to blow up a US-bound plane on Christmas Day was trained by al Qaeda in Yemen. But Gibbs added that the US “remain committed to closing" Guantanamo.
Date created : 2010-01-05