The United States on Wednesday said it will deploy a guided-missile destroyer and state-of-the-art fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after a series of missile attacks claimed by the Yemeni Houthi rebel group.
The US embassy in UAE in a statement said the deployment to assist the UAE against the current threat, made following a phone call between US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
“The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole will partner with the UAE Navy and make a port call in Abu Dhabi,” the statement said, adding the US will also deploy fifth-generation fighter planes.
According to the statement, the US military support is a “clear signal that Washington stands with UAE as a long-standing strategic partner.”
On January 17, the Houthi rebels claimed missile attacks against Abu Dhabi’s oil facilities and airport that left three people dead while six others were wounded.
The deadly attack was followed by a third missile attack on Monday but was intercepted and destroyed.
The UAE-trained Giants Brigades militia has intensified attacking Houthi fighters in Yemen after the group seized a UAE-flagged ship in the Red Sea, saying it was full of weapons, a claim which UAE strongly denied.
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