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In Defiance Of Parliament, More U.S. Marines Arrive In Yemen

Xinhua News Agency
September 21, 2012

Second batch of U.S. Marines arrives in southern Yemen

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Earlier this week, the Yemeni parliament unanimously rejected the presence of any foreign military forces on its soil for any reasons, demanding an immediate departure of the U.S. Marines forces.

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ADEN, Yemen: The second detachment of 30 U.S. Marines has arrived Thursday on the ground in Yemen’s southern province of Lahj to back security forces and deal with counter-terrorism issues in the country’s south, a senior government official told Xinhua.

Around 30 special Marines forces arrived at the al-Anad military air base, situated in the south of the country, to conduct a joint training operation with the counter-terrorism forces of Yemen, a local government official said on condition of anonymity.

“The Marine unit arrived in addition to an earlier contingent dispatched to assist security and protect the U.S. embassy in the capital Sanaa along with its staff there,” the government official said.

“The arrival of these aircraft comes within the outline of U.S. reinforcements in the fight against the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot,” he added.

The U.S. Marines will conduct small-unit training and full company size training with Yemen’s anti-terrorism troops, according to the official.

The Pentagon said on Friday that a platoon of Marines had arrived in Yemen to bolster security at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, a day after hundreds of Yemenis enraged by a U.S.-made film ridiculing Islam stormed the embassy’s ground. No embassy staff were hurt, but four demonstrators were killed in the attack.

Earlier this week, the Yemeni parliament unanimously rejected the presence of any foreign military forces on its soil for any reasons, demanding an immediate departure of the U.S. Marines forces.

The announcement of the Marines’ arrival has provoked an angry response from many conservative Yemenis, including clerics and political activists, who view it as a clear breach to the Yemeni Constitution and the Islamic rules and vow to stage more protests.

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U.S. Marine Corps
September 20, 2012

Warrior competition pits U.S. Marines against each other in mountains of Djibouti
By Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher, 24th MEU

DJIBOUTI: Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit concluded a three-week training package in Djibouti Sept. 16, 2012, with a five-day competition designed to test everything they learned while ashore.

The extensive training and competition, based in the coastal mountains off the Gulf of Toujours, focused on mountain-based infantry skills intended to lend tactical superiority in rugged environments. A platoon of Marines from Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, based from the USS Iwo Jima, participated in the training.

“The Marines started off the training with some classes like the mountain course and high-angle shooting…so they learned how to operate here. Then they moved into force-on-force training events where they were forced to think ahead of an enemy and react quickly. Finally they did this competition where they had to employ everything they’ve learned out here. Everything culminated in this event,” said Capt. Juan Ramos, officer-in-charge of the training force package.

The Marines said they were “wore out” after the grueling days spent navigating the mountains with conditioning hikes and high-angle shooting ranges…

The Marines began training in Djibouti in late August with courses comprised of classroom instruction in mission essential communication skills, indirect fire coordination and targeting methods, and survival skills such as building fires and finding water. They also conducted classes on mountaineering along with a water obstacle course on an adjacent French military outpost.

The second week of the training package began Sept. 3 when the Bravo Company platoon returned to the field for a “force-on-force” exercise, in which the platoon divided into separate elements and played out a loosely-scripted scenario in a simulated battlefield within the Djiboutian mountain terrain.

The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. Central Command in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of responsibility. A small contingent of Marines is ashore in Djibouti managing various unilateral, bilateral and joint exercises with other U.S. service members and French forces stationed in Djibouti.

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  1. AR
    September 22, 2012 at 2:27 am

    In Defiance Of Parliament, More American stormtroopers arrive in Yemen. No doubt to commit more war crimes and atrocities that America will try to first deny and then damage control as an “isolated incident” or “few bad apples”–just as the United Snakes is guilty of in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

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