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Yemen: Security Assistance


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Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Washington, DC
October 20, 2008

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Country map and flag of Yemen

Background: North Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The British, who had set up a protectorate area around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in 1967 from what became South Yemen. Three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states. The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990. A southern secessionist movement in 1994 was quickly subdued. In 2000, Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to a delimitation of their border. (Source: CIA—The World Factbook)

Security Assistance Funding (Source: 2009 Congressional Budget Justification for Foreign Operations)

($ in thousands)

Account FY 2007 FY2007 FY 2008 FY 2008 FY2009

Actual Supp Estimate Supp Request
FMF 9,725 -- 2,777 -- 3,000
IMET 1,006 -- 952 -- 1,000
NADR 3,004 -- 4,034 -- 2,525

Direct Commercial Sales: (Source: 2007 Section 655 Report)

In FY 2007, the Department of State authorized the export of defense articles and services valued at $13,492,852.



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