Nov 1, 2010
Yemen must not become another Afghanistan but Britain’s role is to “stay close” and offer it assistance rather than send in troops at this stage, the new head of the UK’s Armed Forces said.
Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards said the military’s concentration needed to remain on Afghanistan – to prevent that country becoming a “second Yemen”.
Global attention has once again been focused on Yemen, the country which spawned al Qaida, after it emerged as the source of ink cartridge bombs found on aircraft last week.
Asked if an Afghan-style military intervention was the right approach, Gen Richards told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Monday: “It might be but right now it is not considered to be the case and clearly the Yemeni government does not believe it needs our help and they are extremely on-side, like most Islamic nations are actually.”