Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US F-22 fighters arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. This is part of the US defense response to recent missile attacks by Yemeni Houthi rebels.
The Raptors have landed at the Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi. About 2,000 US troops are stationed in Abu Dhabi. American soldiers there launched a Patriot interceptor missile in response to the Houthi attack last month. For the first time since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the US military fired the system in combat...
U.S. officials did not disclose the number of F-22s deployed or the number of Air Force personnel supporting the aircraft for operational safety reasons. However, they identified the unit involved as the First Fighter Wing at the Langley Air Force Base Joint Base in Virginia. A photo later released by the Air Force showed six F-22s lined up on the Al Dhafra’s taxiway.
“The presence of the Raptors reinforces the defenses of already strong partners and informs unstable forces that the United States and our partners have promised to enable peace and stability in the region.” A command from the Middle East, Lieutenant Gregory Gillot, commander of the US Air Force, said in a statement.
The deployment will take place after the Iran-backed Houthis launched three attacks targeting Abu Dhabi last month. Including those targeting fuel depots where 3 people were killed and 6 were injured..The attack happened at the same time as the president’s visit from South Korea Israel to the country.
It casts a shadow over the crisis in UkraineThe missile launch targeting the United Arab Emirates has triggered a major reaction in the United States. The US military sent a USS call to a mission to Abu Dhabi.
The spillover of Yemen’s long-standing war to the UAE puts US troops at the crosshairs of the Houthi attack, increasing the risk of regional expansion. An important moment in negotiations in Vienna to potentially restore Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers..
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