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After the attack by Houthi fighters linked to Iran, US ships and fighter jets will deploy to UAE

As a result of recent attacks from Yemen's Houthi movement, aligned with Iran, the United States has deployed fighter jets and a guided-missile destroyer to support the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan made the decision after a telephone conversation, according to a Pentagon release.

It will also deploy 5th generation fighter jets to help the UAE against current threats. The US Navy will send its guided-missile destroyer USS Cole to partner with the UAE Navy in Abu Dhabi.

In addition to providing early-warning intelligence and collaborating on air defense, the gesture indicates that the United States has been a longtime strategic partner of the UAE, according to the statement.

During the UAE's hosting of the Israeli president, Isaac Herzog, it was attacked for the third time in two weeks by the Houthis. Ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels were intercepted and destroyed by the Gulf state.

A missile attack on Al Dhafra Air Base, which is home to the United States and Emirati armed forces, was directed on Jan. 24, according to U.S. and Emirati officials. The two inbound Houthi ballistic missiles were destroyed with multiple Patriot missile interceptors, with zero casualties reported.

3 Feb 2022


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