Clinton in Yemen to press counter-terror efforts

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 11, 2011 13:45

SANAA, Yemen — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton flew into Yemen on Tuesday on an unannounced visit to shore up and repair damaged ties with a fragile and problematic ally that is fast becoming the main focus of American counter-terrorism efforts.

Under tight security, Clinton landed in the capital of Sanaa, where she was pressing Yemeni leaders to do more to crack down on extremism that has bled into the West with attacks such as those thought inspired by US-Yemeni radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. He is believed to be hiding in Yemen and is subject to a US kill-or-capture order.

"Yemen recognizes the threat" posed by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula "and has become increasingly committed to a broad-based counter-terrorist strategy," Clinton told reporters after landing in Sanaa.


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