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SLUG: 0-09754 Editorial - Yemen Gets U.S. Supports
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DATE=03/11/2002

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TITLE=EDITORIAL: YEMEN GETS U.S. SUPPORT

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Anncr: Next, an editorial expressing the policies of the United States Government:

Voice: In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, President George W. Bush has repeatedly stressed to countries around the world, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." As Mr. Bush told the United Nations, "The leaders of all nations must now carefully consider their responsibilities and their future. Some nations want to play their part in the fight against terror, but tell us they lack the means to enforce their laws and control their borders. We stand ready to help."

Yemen is one such country. Yemen has been home to many members and sympathizers of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network. Yemen was the site of the al-Qaida attack on the U.S.S. Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000. Seventeen American sailors lost their lives in that attack.

But since September 11th, Yemen's government has said that it is "with us," that it is now committed to rooting out terrorists. In the words of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, "We are dealing with the United States to confront and fight terrorism. Yemen is chasing down al-Qaida members and any extremist elements that cause security problems for us or for anyplace in the world."

Yemeni law enforcement has been tracking down al-Qaida operatives. Border controls have been tightened. Security forces have interrogated relatives of Yemenis believed to have received training at al-Qaida terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

The Yemeni government has also begun closing illegal Islamic fundamentalist schools and bringing hundreds of other schools under a national curriculum. In its crackdown on religious extremists, more than one-hundred Islamic religious students have been expelled from Yemen for visa violations.

The United States is fulfilling its promise to support Yemen as it confronts terrorists within its borders. As President Bush said, "If you're a part of our coalition, we expect you to work diligently and work hard to arrest al-Qaida killers. And the Yemen government is responding."

Anncr: That was an editorial expressing the policies of the United States Government. If you have a comment, please write to Editorials, V-O-A, Washington, D-C, 20237, U-S-A. You may also comment at www-dot-ibb-dot-gov-slash-editorials, or fax us at (202) 619-1043.



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