Baku-APA. Yemen's government on Monday received two U.S. military reconnaissance planes as the first batch of U.S. military support to the Yemeni air forces, official Saba news agency said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
The two single-turboprop Cessna C208 planes, received Monday by Yemeni Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed in the capital of Sanaa, will be used in Yemen's al-Dailamy Air Force Base, according to Saba.
Washington has escalated its airstrikes on the al-Qaida network in Yemen since it temporarily closed its diplomatic mission in Sanaa last month. Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said that more than 40 al-Qaida suspects were killed in the strikes.
The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, founded in January 2009, is considered the biggest security threat in the region.