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1. Official: US, Yemen step up counterterror fight
AP foreign, Saturday December 18 2010

The White House counterterror chief said Friday that despite U.S.-Yemeni relations fraught with debate and tension, the two sides are ratcheting up efforts to capture or kill militants.

John Brennan said he and Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh have had what he called "animated conversations" at times over U.S. frustrations with Yemeni foot-dragging in counterterror and Yemen's complaints that promised U.S. aid is not arriving fast enough.

"But that is the hallmark of true friendship," Brennan said, in remarks about U.S. policy toward Yemen delivered at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Not telling the other what they want to hear, but telling the other what they need to hear."

Brennan's attempt to reassure the U.S. public that Yemen is cooperating in the hunt for al-Qaida comes just a day after U.S. officials said they had intelligence indicating al-Qaida's Yemen offshoot is planning another attack during the coming holiday period. The group was blamed for dispatching a bomber who failed an attempt to bring down a U.S.-bound passenger plane a year ago and more recently with failed attempts to bring down two American cargo planes with explosives hidden in ink cartridges.

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