With the $1.2 billion the U.S. government is planning to give to Yemen as military aid over five years, it seems that fighting Al-Qaeda is by far the best business investment in Yemen.
U.S. authorities announced that they fear that the financial amounts they give will pass through corrupt hands, therefore, having a portion of the fund lost without benefit. The amount mentioned does not include the development fund the U.S. is planning to give Yemen.
So with the government facing a financial crisis, and Saudi Arabia not willing anymore to fund the Yemeni war against Houthis, the Yemeni government had no choice but to invest on the Al-Qaeda case. Until now, it seems that the plan is working, but fears are that such funds might backlash and be the reason for the killing of hundreds of Yemenis at the hands of U.S. attacks on what it calls its war on Al-Qaeda.
The Yemeni government has given U.S. forces permission to exist and attack in Yemen, on condition that it does so far from the eyes of the people and Yemeni media.
The Yemeni government after every U.S. attack in Yemen announces that it was behind the attack. It does not want to show the Yemeni people that U.S. forces have random attacks in Yemen. However, U.S. media outlets almost always claim responsibility for the attacks even if it is announced months later.
Is the Yemeni government selling Yemeni blood for U.S. dollars?
Does the current regime believe that the only way they can stay in power is if chaos continues in the country? Are they selling the future of Yemen for the future of a family? I really hope I am wrong this time.
ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.