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United States Department ofState Washington, 20520 

JAN 20'3 
Case No. F-2011-08202 Segment: NEA002  
Mr. Sean Dunagan Judicial Watch 
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 
Dear Mr. Dunagan: refer our letters dated June 2012 and November 30, 2012 regarding the release certain Department State material under the Freedom Information Act (Title U.S.C. Section 552). 
The search the records the Bureau Near Eastern Affairs has been completed and has resulted the retrieval documents responsive your request. our November letter, communicated you the review results of35 these documents, referred NEAOOl. The remaining docwnents, referred NEA002, have now been processed and reviewed. 
After reviewing NEA002, have determined that docwnents may 
released with excisions and two documents must withheld full. The 
documents withheld full are being wjthheld under FOIA exemption (b)(5). 
The Department withheld exempt information the documents released with 
excisions pursuant (b)(3), U.S.C 403g, amended, (b)(5), and (b)(6). 
The remaining two documents require additional interagency review before 
release decision can made. All released material enclosed. enclosure explains Freedom Infonnation Act exemptions and other 
grounds for withholding material. Where have made excisions, the 
applicable exemptions are marked each document. some cases, two more exemptions may apply the same document. All non exempt material .that reasonably segregable from the exem material 
has been released. will keep you infonned your case progresses. you have any questions, you may contact Judson Littleton, Trial Attorney, (202) 305-8714. Please sure refer the case number shown above all correspondence about this case. 
Sincerely, 

/i?U/1fc7/Jrillh) Ir 
Sheryl Walter. Director Office Information Programs and Services 
Enclosures: stated. 

FOIA Exemptions 
(b)(1) 	Withholding specifically authorized under Executive Order the interest national defense foreign policy, and properly classified. E.O. 12958, amended, includes the following classification categories: 
1.4{a) Military plans, systems, operations 1.4(b} Foreign government information 1.4(c) Intelligence activities, sources methods, cryptology 1.4(d) Foreign relations foreign activities the US, including confidential sources 1.4( Scientific, technological, economic matters relating national security, 
including defense against transnational terrorism 4(f) U.S. Government programs for safeguarding nuclear materials facilities 
.1.4{g) Vulnerabilities capabilities systems, installations, infrastructures, projects, plans, protection services relating national security, including defense against transnational terrorism 1.4(h) Information weapons mass destruction 
(b)(2) 	Related solely the internal personnel rules and practices agency 
(b)(3) 	Specifically exempted from disclosure statute (other than 5USC 552), for example: 
ARM Arms Export Control Act, USC 2778(e) 
CIA Centrnl Intelligence Agency Act 1949, USC 403(g) 
EXPORT Export Administration Act 1979, App. USC 241 i(c)(1) 
FSA Foreign Service Act 1980, USC 4003 4004 
INA Immigration and Nationality Act. 8USC1202(f) 
IRAN Iran Claims Settlement Act, Sec 505, USC 1701, note 

Privileged/confidential trade secrets, commercial financial information from person 

(b)(5) 	lnteragency intra-agency communications forming part the deliberative process. attorney-client privilege. attorney work product 
(b)(6) 	Information that would constitute clearly unwarranted invasion personal privacy 
---------(b)(7). Information compiled for law enforcement purposes that would:  
(A) 
interfere with enforcement proceedings 

(B) 
deprive person fair trial 

(C) 
constitute unwarranted invasion personal privacy 

(D) 
disclose confidential sources {E) disclose investigation techniques (F} endanger life physical safety individual 

(b)(8) 	Prepared for government agency regulating supervising financial institutions 
(b)(9) 	Geological and geophysical information and data, including maps, concernin wells 
Other Grounds for Withholding 	Material not responsive FOIA request. excised with the agreement the requester Mimnaugh 
Yemen Desk Officer 
Office Arabian Peninsula Affairs {NEA/ARP) Tel. 202-647-6558 
Fax 202-736-4459 
NIPR: 
SIPR: 
This email UNCLASSIFIED. 
U.S. Dpartment Sate No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159155 Date: 12/03/2012 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159311 Date: 12103/2012 
O'Herron, Petra 
From: Sent: To: Subje.ct:  Mimnaugh, Maureen Friday, July 01, 2011 Sewall, Elizabeth FW: WSJ Article  
Categories:  Working PART article interest. Mimnaugh Yemen Desk Officer  

AUTHORITY: Charles Daris, Senior UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159311 Date: 12/03/2012 

Regional Media Outreach 
UNCLA8Slt-Jl:LJ U.S. Department State Gase No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159318 Date: 0111112013 
Yemen has lively local print, online, and broadcast media environment. Even so, the primary platform for 
news consumption Yemen regional sateJlite broadcast-Al Jazeera, Arabiya etc. When significant 
events occur (e.g., Saleh's return Yemen September 23, his speech September 25, the Time/Wapo 
interview, his address parliament, the Awlaki killing) there are steady stream Yemeni 
officials, leaders, and Political these issues the satellites. 
Marlo 
---Original McuageFrom: Sayles, Ambrose 
st: Thwsday, October 13, 201 5:13 To: Crifu, Mario (Sanaa) 
Cc: MimniUgh, Maureen; Halus, Andrew Subject; Yemen Strategic Communications Plan Mario 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F2011-08202 Doc No. C05159318 Date: 01/11/2013 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159318 Date: 01/1112013 
Thank you for all your help. 
Best Ambrose 
SBU 
This emall UNCLASSIFIED. 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F201108202 Doc No. C05159318 Date: 01/11/2013 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159488 Date: 01/11/2013 
oHerron, Petra 
From: Mimnaugh, Maureen 

the contact keeping very low profile but you need her number can send 

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159488 Date: 01/11/2013 

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159488 Date: 01/11/2013 
Subject: RE: expand training unit Yemen you noted, the USG has been providing assistance the MOI CTU for some time. There have been recent changes assistance Yemen. 
Hope this helps! Mimnaugh 
Yemen Desk Officer 
This email.is UNCLASSIFIED.
From: 

Sent 
To: Mirlnat1gh, Maureen 
Subject: FW: expand training unit Yemen Mo, would this expanded military training for the Interior Ministry's counterterrorism unit would for some other unit inside the Yemeni armed forces? thought the had already been training the Interior Ministry's unit for quite some time. Best wishes, 
Official: expand Yemeni military training 
(AP) hours ago 
WASHINGTON (AP) -Faced with increasingly alarming threat from alwQalda the Arabian Peninsula, the U.S. military will begin new training program with Yemen's counterterrorism unit can move against rnilitanU believed plotting attacks America from safe havens there. 
The effort will mark the first time the U.S. has trained the counterterrorism unit, which has traditionally focused protecting Yemen's capital, according senior defense official. Under the plan, the training would begin the next few months, and the Yemenis could more than double t.he size their counterterror force, which now numbers about 306. 
The official spoke condition anonymity because details arc still being worked out. 
The plans come the U.S. watched rippling public unrest rattle many its 11iddle Eastern allies, including autocratic leaders such Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down Friday. Sunday Yemeni police used truncheons stop protesters many them university students, from reaching the capital's central Hada Square. Witnesses said plainclothes policemen wielding daggers and sticks also joined security forces driving the protesters back. 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159488 Date: 01/1112013 

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-06202 Doc No. C05159488 Date: 01/11/2013 

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh also postponed trip Washington scheduled for next month due the "circumstances the country," the state news agency reported. 
Mubarak and Saleh both worked with the U.S. counter terrorism, and cooperation with Yemen considered critical U.S. national security leaders combat AQAP. far, U.S. defense officials said there has been impact u.s.vemen military 
cooperation result the public protests> and that Yemen remains committed its 
operations against AQAP. example, Yemen has created what one official called "hard mission force" within the counterterror unit that they want trained more precise 
strikes. 
The new training program would expand U.S. military assistance Yemen, where AQAP has planned and launched several attack against the U.S., including the attempted airliner bombing Christmas Day 2009 and the failed mail bomb plot involving cargo planes last 
summer. 
Senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Thursday that AQAP committed obtaining weapons mass destruction, including chemical and biological agents. And the group still focused inspiring homegrown American militants launch their own attacks from within the 
U.S. 

"The likelihood obtaining biological weapon more likely than obtaining producing yield-producing nuclear device, National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter said during hearing Thursday. think that the smallerscale lone wolf attack with conventional weapons still stands out the far more likely event." 

U.S. 
officials have repeatedly warned that AQAP the most significant and invnediate threat America, largely through smallerscale attacks. Leaders the insursent group post persistent threats online saying they intend continue plot and execute attacks, and urge others the same. 

Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric who believed the inspiration for 
the Christmas Day attack and growing participant assault planning, reportedly hiding Yemen. 
The new training program Yemen will cost about $75 million, the defense official said. And the goal create national counterterror unit that will better able and equipped travel out tribal regions and ferret out insurgents hiding there. date the U.S. military, with about 100 trainers rotating and out Yemen, has been 
working with that country's special operations forces and their military> particularly 
aviation units. 
The new program would become part that overall training effort, but officials believe 
will provide critical step toward getting militants safe havens, particularly the 
Abyan and Shabwah provinces, 
Future spending totals are flux Congress has not yet approved the 2911 defense budget. 
Military transport has been persistent challenge for the Yemenis, but just the last month, the U.S. delivered four Huey helicopters Yemen and has been training the aviation 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. f2011-08202 Doc No. C05169488 Date: 01/11/2013 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-201108202 Doc No. C05159488 Date: 01/11/2013 

units. The aircraft will help the Yemeni forces get troops, equipment and supplies combat outposts the more remote tribal regions. 
The helicopters also will eventually allow Yemen more operations that involve precise strikes with small number troops, the defense official said. 
The official said that the U.S. assessing now how can best help Yemen battle AQAP. The counterterror unit expansion key element that, along with dciding how many military outposts are needed the tribal regions, and how big the counterterror force should be. 
The overall U.S. effort also includes economic and governance assistance. 
Officials also say that while AQAP one the most active al-Qaida franchises there has 
been little insurgent travel between Yemen and Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants are believed hiding. 
Persistent assaults the u.s. and Pakistan -including escalating campaign drone strikes into the Pakistani border region -have put pressure core al-Qaida1 making more difficult for them travel communicate'with others. 
Copyright  2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-201108202 Doc No. C05159488 Date: 01/11/2013 

UNCLA.S81FIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-201108202 Doc No. C05159204 Date: 01/11/2013 

Michael Lavallee Press Operations (Iraq)  Bureau Near Eastern Affairs (Iraq) Department ofState 2201 St, 2234, Washington, 20520I1il: 202.647.5812 
IEJ: 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-06202 Doc No. C05159204 Date: 01/11/2013 

UNt;LASIFIEO U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159484 Date: 01/11/2013 Mimnaugh 
Yemen Desk Officer 
This email UNCLASSIFIED. 
From: 
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 8:01 
To: Mimnaugh, Maureen 
Subject: FW: expand training unit Yemen Mo, would this expanded military training for the Interior inistry's 
counter-terrorism unit would for some other unit inside the Yemeni armed 
forces? thought the had already been training the Interior Ministry's unit for quite 

some time. Best wishes, 
Official: expand Yemeni military training 
(AP) hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -Faced with increasingly alarming threat from al-Qaida the Arabian 
Peninsula, the U.S. military will begin new training program with Yemen's counterterrorism 
unit can move against militants believed plotting attacks America from safe 
havens there. 

The effort will mark the first time the U.S. has trained the counterterrorism unit which has 
traditionally focused protecting Yemen's capital, according senior defense official, 
Under the plan, the training would begin the next few months, and the Veinenis could more 
than double the size their counterterror force, which now numbers about 300. 

The official spoke condition anonymity because details are still being worked out. 
The plans come the U.S. watched rippling public unrest rattle many its Middle Eastern 
allies, including autocratic leaders such Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, who 
stepped down Friday. Sunday Yemeni police used truncheons stop protestersJ many them university students, 
from reaching the capital's central Hada square. Witnesses said plainclothes policemen 
wielding daggers and sticks also joined security forces driving the protesers back. 

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh also postponed trip Washington scheduled for next 
month due the "circumstances the country," the state news agency reported. 

Mubarak and Saleh both worked with the U.S. counter terrorism, and cooperation with Yemen considered critical U.S. national security leaders combat AQAP. far> U.S. defense officials said there has been impact U.S.-Yemen military 
cooperation result the public protests, and that Yemen remains committed !ts 
operations against AQAP. example, Yemen has created what one official called hard 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F2011-08202 Doc No. C05159484 Date: 01/11/2013 
UNL;LA::>::>lt-tl::IJ U.!:>. Department tate Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159484 Date: 01/11/2013 
mission force" within the counterterror unit that they want trained more precise strikes. 
The new training program would expand u.s. military assistance Yemen, where AQAP has planned and launched several attack against the U.S., including the attempted airliner bombing Christmas Oay 2009 and the failed mail bomb plot involving cargo planes last summer. 
Senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Thursday that AQAP committed obtaining weapons mass destruction, including chemical and biological agents. And the group still focused inspiring homegrown American militants launch their own attacks from within the 
u.s. 
"The likelihood obtaining biological weapon more likely than obtaining producing yield-producing nuclear device, National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter said during hearing Thursday. think that the smaller-scale lone wolf attack with conventional weapons still stands out the far more likely event." 
U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that AQA? the most significant and immediate threat America, largely through smaller-scale attacks. Leaders the insurgent group post persistent threats online saying they intend continue plot and execute attacks, and urge others the same. 
Anwar alAlaki, the American-born radical cleric who believed the inspiration for 
the Christmas Day attack and growing partcipant assault planning, reportedly hiding Yemen. 
The new training program Yemen will cost about $75 million, the defense official said. And the goal create national counterterror unit that will better able and equipped travel out tribal regions and ferret out insurgents hiding there. date the U.S. military, with about 109 trainers rotating and out Yemen, has been 
working with that country's special operations forces and their military, particularly 
aviation units. 
The new program would become part that overall training effort, but officials believe will provide critical step toward getting militants safe havens, particularly the Abyan and Shabwah provinces. 
Future spending totals are flux Congress has not yet approved the 2011 defense budget. 
Military transport has been persistent challenge for the Yemenis, but just the last 
month, the U.S. delivered four Huey helicopters Yemen and has been training the aviation 
units. The aircraft will help the Yemeni forces get troops, equipment and supplies combat 
outposts the more remote tribal regions. 
The helicopters also will eventually allow Yemen more operations that involve precise strikes with small number troops, the defense official said. 
The official said that the U.S. assessing now how can best help Yemen battle AQAP. The counterterror unit expansion key element that, along with deciding how many military 
outposts are needed the tribal regions, and how big the counterterror force should be. 
The overall U.S. effort also includes economic and governance assistance. 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159484 Date: 01/11/2013 
UNCIJ).lt-ll::U U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159484 Date: 01/11/2013 
Officials also say that while AQAP one the most active al-Qaida franchises, there has 
been little insurgent travel between Yemen and Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden and his top 
lieutenants are believed hiding. 
Persistent assaults the U.S. and Pakistan -including escalating campaign drone 
strikes into the Pakistani border region -have put pressure core al-Qatda, making more 
difficult for them travel communicate with others. 
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159484 Date: 01/1112013 

From: Potash, Janet 
Sent: Friday, February 25, 201111:48 To: Shore, Rhonda 
SUbject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 

This email UNCLASSIFIED. 
From: Shore, Rhonda 
Sent: Friday, February 25, 201111:44 To: Potash, Janet 
Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing are about discuss. 
From: Potash, Janet 
Sent: Frlday, February 25, 2011 11:44 To: Shore, Rhonda 
Cc: Szalwlnskl, Nancy; Smith, Kimberly Lang, Alan; Godec, Robert Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing await your decision. 
This email UNCLASSIFIED. 
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From: Shore, Rhonda Sent: Friday, February 25, 2011 10:2B To: Potash, Janet 
Cc: Szalwlnskl, Nancy; Smith, Klmberly Lang, Alan; Godec, Robert Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-201108202 Doc No. C05159181 Date: 01/11/2013 
jane1 

This email UNCLASSIFIED. 
From: Shore, Rhonda 
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 To: Potash, Janet 
CC: SzalwlnskJ, Nancy; Smith, Klmberly SUbJeet: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 
From: Potash, Janet 
Sent Thursday, February 24, 2011 2:08 To: Shore, Rhonda 
Cc: SzalwinskJ, Nancy; Smith, K!mberly Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159181 Date: 01/11/2013 

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F2011-08202 Doc No. C05159181 Date: 01/11/2013 
This email UNCLASSIFIED. 
From: Shore, Rhonda Sent: Thursday, February 24, 20111:59 To: Potash, Janet Cc: Szalwfnskl1 Nancy; Smith, Kimberly Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 

From: Potash, Janet Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 :SS To: Shore, Rhonda Cc: Szalwlnski, Nanc.y; Smith, Kimberly Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 

This email UNCLASSIFIED. ------ ---------------------. -----. ----
From: Shore, Rhonda sent: Thursday, February 24, 20111:51 TO! Potash, Janet Cc: Szalwlnski, Nanc.y; Smith, Kimberly SUbject: RE: 3/2 AQ.Af' Briefing 
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From: Potash, Janet sent: Thursday, February 24, 20111:52 To: Shore, Rhonda Cc: Szalwlnskl, Nancy; Smith, Kimberly SUbJect: RE: 3/2 AQAP Brfeflng 
This ema!l UNCLASSIFIED. 

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From: Shore, Rhonda Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2.0111:48 To: Potash, Janet 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-201108202 Doc No. C05159181 Date: 01/11/2013 
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159181 Date: 01/11/2013 
Cc: Szalwinskl, Nancy; Smith, Kimberly Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 

Sent: Thursday, February 24, 20111:47 To: Shore, Rhonda Cc: Szalwlnskl, Nancy; Smith, Kimberly Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 

This email UNCLASSIFIED. 
From: Shore, Rhonda Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:19 To: Potash, Janet Cc: Szalwinski, Nancy; Smith, Kimberly Subject: RE: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 
twill. 
From: Potash, Janet Sent: Thursday, February 24, 20111:08 To: Shore, Rhonda Cc: Szalwlnskf, Nancy; Smith, Klmberly Subject: FW: 3/2 AQAP Briefing 

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2011-08202 Doc No. C05159181 Date: 01/11/2013



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