News ID: 150937
Published: 0801 GMT May 07, 2016

Houthis condemn US troops deployment to Yemen

Houthis condemn US troops deployment to Yemen

Yemen’s Houthi fighters in a statement condemned the deployment of US troops to their country, threatened to fight with all means the US and UAE presence in southern Yemen.

The statement posted online said the move is part of an American plot to occupy, plunder and partition Yemen.

On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged for the first time it has deployed US troops to Yemen to what it claims to bolster former fugitive president forces and Arab coalition forces battling Al-Qaeda, AP reported.

Spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the US military has also stepped up airstrikes against forces with Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

A "very small number" of American military personnel has been working from a "fixed location" with Yemeni and Arab coalition forces – especially the Emiratis – in recent weeks around Mukalla, a port city seized by AQAP a year ago, Davis said.

"This is of great interest to us. It does not serve our interests to have a terrorist organization in charge of a port city, and so we are assisting in that," the spokesman added.

He claimed the troops were helping the Emiratis with "intelligence support," but declined to say if they are special operations forces.

AQAP terrorists have now fled Mukalla and other coastal areas.

While the number of US personnel on the ground is limited, the United States is also offering an array of assistance to partners in Yemen, including air-to-air refueling capabilities, surveillance, planning, maritime security and medical help.

The Pentagon previously had more than 100 special operations forces advising the army in Yemen, but pulled them out early last year as the country’s war began.

The US Navy also has several ships nearby, including an amphibious assault ship called the USS Boxer and two destroyers.

The Houthis say the move is part of an American plot to occupy, plunder and partition Yemen.




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