Yemen, US Sign Military Cooperation Deal, Rescuing Saudis from Bad Old Iranians

[Dark omen, seeing America getting in on the Shia killing going-on in Yemen.  Is this a back door approach to war on Iranian surrogates?]

Yemen, US Sign Military Cooperation Deal

By VOA News
11 November 2009

Yemen’s official news agency says the country has signed a military cooperation deal with the United States, as Yemen battles a growing Shi’ite rebellion in the north.

Saba news agency reports the military and security cooperation agreement was signed Tuesday in the capital, Sanaa, after two days of talks.

U.S. officials did not immediately confirm that report.

Photo released by the Yemeni Army shows a canon firing on rebels in Saada province (File)
Photo released by the Yemeni Army shows a canon firing on rebels in Saada province (File)

Yemen has accused religious institutions in Iran of funding and backing Shi’ite rebels in northern Yemen who have been fighting since 2004 against what they say is oppression by the Yemeni government. Last month, Yemen said it had seized an Iranian ship carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels.

Saba reported Wednesday that Yemen again rejected outside interference in its internal affairs.

The comments, from an unnamed source in the foreign ministry, were in response to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki’s remarks Tuesday denying that Tehran supports the rebels in Yemen.

Mottaki told a news conference that Iran seeks a role in establishing peace and stability in the region and therefore cannot be involved in creating tensions.

Saudi Arabia recently began an offensive against the Houthis along its border with Yemen and vowed Tuesday to continue attacking them.