WASHINGTON — Yemen authorities have 12 Americans in custody, and the arrests may be linked to a joint US-Yemeni anti-terror campaign, a US State Department spokesman said Monday.
The spokesman, P.J. Crowley, provided no details about the case except to say the State Department is aware of the arrests and is seeking more information about the individuals being held.
The revelations come as the US government continued to encourage Yemen to move against al-Qaida-linked militants in the country who officials fear may be involved in plots to attack the United States or other Western interests. US officials worry that Yemen is becoming the next significant terror staging ground and say insurgents, including some individuals from the United States, are training in camps in Yemen's vast undergoverned spaces.