Army Green Berets have been helping Saudi Arabian-led coalition fight Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen

About a dozen Army Green Berets have been sent to Saudi Arabia to help secure the border with Yemen, according to the New York Times. Above, Saudi border guards keep watch along the Yemen border in October

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May 3, 2018

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  • About a dozen Army Green Berets have been helping Saudi forces on the ground fight Yemeni rebels, New York Times report claims
  • U.S. aid in the conflict, which has been raging since 2015, is controversial since Iranian-backed Houthi rebels pose no direct threat to America
  • Congress has been pushing the Pentagon for more information on the military’s role in Saudi Arabia 
  • Pentagon officials told senators in a meeting in March that U.S. forces are only advising the Saudi-led forces and helping protect the border

U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s civil war appears to be larger than originally thought.

A team of about a dozen Army Green Berets was sent to the country’s border with Saudi Arabia in December, to aid the Saudi-led forces in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, according to the New York Times.

Yemen has been in political disarray since 2015, when the Iranian-backed Houthis overthrew the president and took control of most of the western part of the country, including the capital, Sana’a.

A Saudi-led coalition has been locked in a battle with the Houthi fighters since 2015 (fighters in September 2014), when the rebel group overthrew the president and took control of the capital and much of western Yemen

Since then, a Saudi-led coalition has been locked in conflict with the rebels, as they work to reinstate President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

According to U.S. officials and European diplomats interviewed by the Times, Army Green Berets have been aiding the Saudis in locating and destroying caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that the Houthis have been using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.

This appears to contradict the Pentagon’s statement on the matter, saying that the U.S. military is only helping the coalition with aircraft refueling, logistics and general intelligence sharing.

Houthi rebels cheer as they launch a missile towards Saudi Arabia on March 28, 2018

The Saudi coalition has responded with attacks of their own, including this air strike on a Houthi arms depot in May 2015

The issue with American intervention in the conflict is the fact that the Houthis are not considered a direct threat to the U.S. They have not been deemed a terror group, and do no operate outside of Yemen.

America’s activity in Yemen appears to be another conflict the U.S. military is engaging in that most of the country is unaware of.

The U.S. military has also come under fire for its presence in Niger, where four soldiers were killed in a surprise attack by Islamic State militants back in October. The deaths came as a shock to the soldiers’ families back home, since they weren’t operating in a war zone.

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

Source:  Army Green Berets have been helping Saudi Arabian-led coalition fight Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen


On March 23, 2018 we reported:

Senate Fails to Stop US Support for Saudi Attacks on People of Yemen: S.J. Res. 54

A bipartisan effort to end US involvement in a bloody, three-year war in Yemen failed in a close Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon.

The vote demonstrated growing pushback on President Donald Trump’s coziness with Riyadh, which is leading the war effort in Yemen. That same day, the president met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who was visiting Washington during a country-wide tour.

A disparate group of senators — Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) — drafted and introduced the resolution to stop America’s support for the bloodshed. “This is one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time,” Sanders told Vox in an interview last week.

But the GOP-controlled Senate voted to table — that is, kill — the resolution that says America shouldn’t assist Saudi Arabia in its three-year fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. By a 55-44 margin, a majority of Republicans and some Democrats effectively said the US can still help Riyadh, by refueling its planes and providing intelligence in the Saudi’s brutal air campaign.

Supporters of the resolution claimed it would immediately end America’s involvement in the war; critics said it wouldn’t.

Read more:  Senate Fails to Stop US Support for Saudi Attacks on People of Yemen: S.J. Res. 54


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