Yemen will receive $150m in military assistance from the US to help the country in its war against the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

The money will be used for the acquisition of military equipment and training of Yemeni forces, according to administration officials at the Pentagon.

This US aid to Yemen is part of the $350m that the Pentagon will distribute to allies this year, and is more than double the amount of US aid given to Yemen in 2009.

In 2009, the Pentagon granted $67m to Yemen for air surveillance, including drones, counter-terrorism training by special operations forces, and efforts to defeat roadside bombs, border and maritime security, and other equipment.

Military aid from the US is expected to increase from $350m this year to $500m in 2011.