US sends warships and fighters to United Arab Emirates after Iran-backed Houthi attack

The United States is deploying fighters and guided-missile destroyers to support the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a recent attack from the Yemeni Houthi movement in collaboration with Iran.

The decision was made after a phone call between US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Crown Prince Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayid al-Nahyan. statement From the Pentagon.

The United States will partner with the United Arab Emirates Navy to dispatch the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS Cole to call at Abu Dhabi. We will also deploy 5th generation fighters to assist the UAE against current threats.

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Cole is on display at sea in Yemen’s port of Aden around September 2000. (US Navy / Getty Images)

According to the statement, this gesture is “a clear signal that the United States has endorsed the UAE as a long-standing strategic partner.” Other actions include providing early warning intelligence and cooperating in air defense.

The United Arab Emirates is part of a Saudi-led coalition that has fought the Houthi rebels since 2015, when the Houthi expelled the government from Sana’a, the capital of Yemen.

On January 31, the United Arab Emirates was hit by the Houthi for the third time in two weeks while welcoming Israeli President Isaac Herzog. The Gulf countries were able to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi.

U.S. and Emirati officials said the early missile attack on January 24 was aimed at the Al Dhafra Air Base, which hosted the U.S. and Emirati troops. The US military used multiple Patriot missile interceptors to destroy two inbound Houthi ballistic missiles and eliminate casualties.

Prior to that, on January 17, a drone and missile attack by Fushi attacked three oil tanker trucks and caused a small fire at the international airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The attack killed three foreign workers (two Indians and one Pakistani) and injured six. This caused an airstrike in retaliation against Sanaa.

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Yemen investigated the damage after an overnight airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition targeting the Houthi rebel-owned capital Sana’a on January 18, 2022. (Mohammed Fwais / AFP, via Getty Images)

A UAE mission to the United Nations last week was in talks with the United States, saying the UAE might upgrade its defense capabilities.

Austin told UAE’s de facto ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum that the United States will continue to provide early warning information and cooperate in air defense.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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