NEW YORK-President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, which US sees as a revived new front against al Qaeda, is amenable to American support, but his 'corrupt' bureaucracy has limited reach and his willingness to battle the terrorist network is questionable, according to a media report. 'But one of the most delicate tasks will be managing the relationship with President Saleh, who has filled his government with numerous members of his family and who wants to ensure that his son Ahmed succeeds him', The New York Times said in a dispatch from Sana, citing Yemeni officials, analysts and Western diplomats. Saleh, 67, is wily, witty and fit, The Times said. But he has been spending less time in the past two years managing the complicated tribal and regional demands of fragile Yemen than trying to consolidate the power of his family, the analysts said. As Yemen's oil revenues erode and Saleh has fewer resources to spread around, the reach of the central government has been shrinking-the government is practically caged in the capital, Sana, one senior Western diplomat was quoted as saying in the dispatch. Saleh presents the Obama administration with a problem that is all too familiar in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Times noted. 'He is amenable to American support, but his ineffective and corrupt bureaucracy has limited reach. And his willingness to battle al Qaeda, which he does not view as his main enemy, is questionable'. Much of Yemen is in turmoil, The Times correspondent in Sana wrote. 'Government forces on Monday killed two militants suspected of being with al Qaeda. There is another round of rebellion in the north and a growing secessionist movement in the south. In important provinces where key oil resources are and where al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is strong, government troops and the police largely remain in their barracks or in the central cities. Order outside the cities is kept by tribal chiefs, with their own complicated loyalties', the paper added. 'You can't see anyone in a government uniform in Abyan', Murad Zafir, a Yemeni political analyst was quoted as saying, referring to a southern province. 'There are large areas of the country where there is no electricity, no running water and no central authority'. United States aid was paltry until last year, and it was only when US intelligence could show Saleh that his family was being singled out by al Qaeda that he began to take the group's threat seriously, the dispatch said, citing diplomats. How effectively Yemen addresses the threat depends largely on Saleh's family, according to the Times. Ahmed Saleh is head of the Yemen Republican Guard and the country's special forces. The President's nephews - sons of his late brother - include Amar, the deputy director for national security; Yahye, head of the central security forces and the counterterrorism unit; and Tarek, head of the Presidential Guard. The president's half brother is head of the air force. The sense of Yemen as a family corporation that has also enriched itself is part of the problem, Zafir said. The President's mosque, al-Saleh Mosque, was completed less than two years ago and is said to have cost at least $120 million, he added. 'President Saleh wants his son to succeed him', Zafir said. To make that happen, he has sought to consolidate power in his family's hands, but his influence over the tribal chiefs has receded, Zafir added. Najeeb Saeed Ghanem, a former Minister of Health, is a member of Parliament from the largest opposition party, Islah, an Islamist party with close ties to tribal groups. 'It is the size of the deterioration of the regime and its control over the country that we're afraid of', he said. With oil revenues down, Saleh has had to turn to outside allies to help finance the war in the north. Saudi Arabia provided $2 billion last year to make up for the budget shortfall - an amount that dwarfs the $150 million in security assistance that the United States will ask Congress to approve for the 2010 fiscal year.