US preparing to restart military aid to Yemen

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By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is developing plans to restart programs that would fund military training and equipment in Yemen, nearly a year after they were shut down due to escalating chaos in the embattled country.

While no agreements have been cemented, U.S. defense officials say military assistance, which could total as much as $75 million, could again begin to flow later this year. U.S. defense officials say the Pentagon and State Department are putting together a letter to send to Congress to request the aid be restarted.

The plan is in line with the Obama administration's newly stated intention to provide significant security and civilian aid to Yemen as long as the country continues to move toward a new government.

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