US drone shot down in Yemen
The US provides “non-combat advisory and coordinating” support to the Saudi-led coalition and the Department of Defense “provides refueling support to Coalition aircraft and intelligence support to assist Saudi Arabia in preventing cross-border attacks,” Rankine-Galloway said.
US forces also conduct counterterrorism operations in Yemen targeting the local affiliate of al Qaeda, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
Since January 2017, the US military has conducted over 100 strikes in Yemen against AQAP targets according to the Pentagon.
“Additionally, US special operations forces have carried out raids against AQAP high-value individuals and locations,” Rankine-Galloway added.
The Pentagon would not say which of the two missions the US drone that was shot down was supporting citing operational security concerns.
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