United States commandos help Saudis destroy Houthi missiles, says NYT

  • United States commandos help Saudis destroy Houthi missiles, says NYT

United States commandos help Saudis destroy Houthi missiles, says NYT

Army Special Forces have been secretly helping Saudi Arabia combat rebels in a brutal civil war in Yemen, The New York Times reported.

Michael Maloof, former senior security policy analyst for the Secretary of Defence in the US, commented on US engagement saying: "The US in Yemen is supposed to be going after Al-Qaeda".

They were deployed shortly after the Houthis fired a Burkan H-2 short-range ballistic missile at Riyadh in November 2017, which the Saudis claimed to have shot down, possibly with a US-made Patriot missile defense system.

However, critics of Iran's support for the Houthi rebels against Yemen's internationally recognized government are quick to defend U.S. support for the coalition as a deterrent against a constant barrage of missiles that have targeted Saudi cities and airports in recent months.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., a member of the Armed Services Committee, on Thursday called the Green Berets mission a "purposeful blurring of lines between train-and-equip missions and combat". "This is an unconstitutional and unauthorized use of military force", Representative Ro Khanna said in a statement.

The US's deployment of ground troops to the region is nevertheless a signal of the West's increasing assistance of Saudi Arabia in its fight against the Houthi rebels.

The rebels have been controlling much of northern Yemen since September 2014, including the capital Sanaa, and forced Hadi and his government to flee to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

American special forces are helping Saudi Arabia in their battle against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, it has been revealed. The Saudi military said it intercepted the missile over the city's worldwide airport, a claim that was cast in doubt by an analysis of photos and videos of the strike. Even the Saudi armys global airport, along with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman renewed a petition that the United States send troops to assist the Houthi threat is combated by the kingdom. It is unclear from the New York Times report if the United States troops crossed into Yemen, but given that their mission was to target Houthi sites, it seems nearly certain that they have.

In March, senators pressed Pentagon officials in a meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss the military's role in the conflict.

Pentagon officials told the senators what had been stated the American forces stationed in Saudi Arabia advised within rsquo & the realm;so boundaries and so were concentrated primarily on boundary defense.

Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the Head of United States Central Command, confirmed this official line, stating: "We are authorised to help the Saudis defend their border". At that time, however, he told the Senate this was being done purely through intelligence sharing and "military advice".