US military admits troops are operating inside Yemen to combat al-Qaida

The US military has for the first time publicly acknowledged that US troops are operating inside Yemen to help the country’s government and a Saudi-backed coalition confront al-Qaida affiliated forces.

Defense department spokesman Navy captain Jeff Davis said on Friday that a “very small number” of military personnel has in recent weeks been working with Yemeni and Arab Coalition forces to push al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters from the port city of Mukalla.

The Pentagon has stepped up air strikes against the jihadists in the war-torn country, Davis said.

  • Shebel

    Why ? Do the Saudis need some Yankee help. .

    • tom_billesley

      They don’t want to spend money on their war which could go to new Wahhabi mosques in the west.

  • BillyHW

    I Barry has invaded more arab/muslim countries than Bush.

  • tom_billesley

    “Combat”, “Confront”, “Push ..from”.. blah.
    Keep it simple. How about “kill”.

  • canminuteman

    It would be better if the Americans let The soddies and al qaida bleed each other dry.