Casey L. Coombs

Casey L. Coombs
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U.S. Aid To Yemen Squeezed As Anti-Terror Fight Intensifies 

SANAAN, Yemen — The September deliveries of three U.S.-purchased tactical transport aircraft to Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, coupled with announcements of a newly tendered squadron of light observation planes, marked the culmination of the Obama administration’s push to help the Yemeni air force (YAF) take ownership of an al Qaeda fight that has become synonymous with American UAV technology.

U.S. Aid To Yemen Squeezed As Counterterror Fight Intensifies 
SANAA, Yemen - The September deliveries of three U.S.-purchased tactical transport aircraft to Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, coupled with announcements of a newly tendered squadron of light observation planes, marked the culmination of the Obama administration’s push to help the Yemeni air force (YAF) take ownership of an al Qaeda fight that has become synonymous with American UAV technology. (Photo: USAF)
P-3 Flights Over Yemen Stir Opposition To Counterterror Ops 

The unexpected appearance of a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft over Yemen’s capital of Sana’a starting Aug. 6 has focused new attention on the covert war against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) that has been unfolding in the nation’s hinterlands for more than two years.

P-3 Flights Over Yemeni Capital Stir Opposition To Counterterror Ops 
“It caused a PR nightmare,” a Yemeni official in Washington said, referring to the audible sound emanating from the aircraft circling the capital.
U.S. Air Power Critical To Yemen Counter-terror Ops 

American air power continues to dominate joint counterterrorism operations against Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which capitalized on 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that culminated in the internationally supported transfer of power from longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh to his deputy Abd Rabu Mansur Hadi in February 2012.

U.S. Air Power Dominates In Yemen Counterterrorism Efforts 
The intensified pace of American airstrikes will likely persist until Yemen’s elite corps of U.S.-trained and funded counterterrorism forces rejoin the fight.
Crashes Highlight Upheaval In Yemeni Air Force 

Recent high-profile Yemeni Air Force (YAF) crashes serve as a grim reminder to U.S. officials of how much work remains in preparing Yemen’s air force to pull its own weight in the ongoing battle against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is being carried out largely from the skies via UAV attacks.

Seabird Surveillance Aircraft Eyed For Yemeni Forces 

The U.S. Navy could seek congressional approval to purchase 25 Australian Seabird Seeker surveillance aircraft for Yemen’s transitional government, a U.S. official tells Aviation Week.

The manned surveillance planes would supplement four RQ-11 Raven UAVs that Washington procured last year for Yemen, a key ally in the ongoing battle against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a local affiliate that overtook large swaths of territory during Yemen’s Arab Spring-inspired uprisings in 2011.

Australian Seabird Seekers Eyed For Yemeni Forces 
The manned surveillance planes would supplement four RQ-11 Raven UAVs that Washington procured last year for Yemen, a key ally in the ongoing battle against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (Photo: Seabird Aviation)
Yemen To Get UAVs From The U.S.
Yemeni tells Aviation Week that Yemen is receiving four AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven UAVs.
Yemen To Get UAVs From The U.S. 
Amid a series of controversial U.S. air strikes against high-level Al-Qaeda officials in the Arabian Peninsula, and renewed military cooperation with Yemen, officials in Sanaa are now expecting to get a supply of weaponry from the Pentagon, including four of their own UAVs. (Raven photo: USAF)
U.S. Shifts UAV Targeting Rules In Yemen 

On April 22, a barrage of Hellfire missiles killed a senior Al Qaeda commander and two operatives along the border of Marib and Al Jawf provinces in northern Yemen. It is believed to be among the first of many strikes executed since Washington authorized the targeting of militants based on “signature” patterns of behavior, such as transporting weapons or gathering at known militant compounds. Under previous policy, the identity of a militant in the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) had to be established before placing him on a kill list.

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