U.S. Sending UAVs to Yemen

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Aviation Week reported yesterday on our subscription site that the U.S. will provide four AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven UAVs to Yemen. Read our free site story here: Yemen To Get UAVs From The U.S.

Casey Coombs writes:

“This type of technology would be very appropriate for Yemen’s frontline military units because it provides real-time intelligence from the battlefield to launch strikes while minimizing troops’ exposure to surprise attacks,” according to Aysh Awas, director of security and strategic studies at Sheba, a think tank here in the Yemeni capital.

This Friday The Atlantic Council and The Wilson Center are hosting the president of Yemen, Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, at an event in Washington called Yemen's Transition: The Way Forward.

Their event write-up says:

Security remains a major concern; unemployment is still rising; and Yemen faces an economic and humanitarian crisis of dire proportions, with many Yemenis lacking adequate access to food, water, and health care.

Nearly one year has passed since the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-sponsored agreement was signed that paved the way for a democratic transition in Yemen. While the agreement left many issues unresolved and still faces some resistance, the relatively peaceful transition in Yemen gives reason for optimism.

What do you think: can Yemen fight off insurgents and develop as a democracy? To further complicate relations, we have seen across the Middle East (in Iraq, Egypt and Libya, for a start) that democracy there is a lot more Islamist than many Western nations are comfortable with.

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