The Pentagon on Tuesday acknowledged that Yemen’s political unrest was impacting its counter-terrorism capabilities but said it was still training some Yemeni forces and could still carry out operations inside the country against al Qaeda militants.


“There’s no question as a result of the political instability in Yemen that our counter-terrorism capabilities have been… affected,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told a news briefing. “As I stand here today, we continue to conduct some training. We continue to have the capability – unilaterally if need be – of conducting counter-terrorism operations inside Yemen.”


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