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U.S. marines training Yemeni coast guard

Some 150 U.S. Marines arrived in Yemen last week to start training Yemeni coast guard forces which recently graduated from the Navy Technical Institute, U.S. Marine Corps officials confirmed to United Press International Thursday. It is the largest U.S. military presence in Yemen since October 2000, when suicide bombers blew a hole in the USS Cole, a destroyer that was refueling in port. The attack killed 17 U.S. sailors. The Marines will supervise the training of the coast guards forces in the city of Mekalla on the Arab Sea and the southern city of Aden where some 900 Navy servicemen are stationed on the USS Mount Whitney off Djibouti. Full Story

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