World Bulletin / News Desk
Yemen has asked the United States to supply it with drones, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Thursday, to help it fight al Qaeda that recently forced Western countries to temporarily close diplomatic missions in Sanaa.
State news agency Saba also quoted Hadi as telling police cadets that 40 suspected people had been killed in recent counter-terrorism operations and vowed to keep fighting the militants until they laid down their weapons.
Hadi, who came to power in 2011 after months of turmoil forced his predecessor to step down, irked Yemenis last year by giving unequivocal support for Washington's controversial drone strikes, which have increased under President Barack Obama.
"The drones that are conducting operations are part of the cooperation between us and the United States," Hadi told the cadets.
He said Yemen had allowed the United States to undertake such operations because his country did not possess such technology to carry out "these precise military missions".
"I have discussed the issue of helping us acquire this technology with the U.S. administration," Saba quoted Hadi as saying, adding that the Yemeni army was capable of using drones.
The Yemeni army, with U.S. backing, last year drove militants and their allies from strongholds they seized during months of turmoil against Saleh's rule.
Hadi defended the use of drone strikes, saying they were more accurate than other methods. He said that a 2009 strike that killed scores of Yemeni civilians in Abyan province resulted from a cruise missile and not a drone.Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 17:40