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US Stresses Continued Support for Arab Coalition in Yemen

US Stresses Continued Support for Arab Coalition in Yemen

Monday, 18 February, 2019 - 07:15
The US Capitol in Washington, US. File photo
Abu Dhabi - Asharq Al-Awsat
US forces will continue supporting the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen and fighting al-Qaeda, said a US military official in Abu Dhabi.

The US continues to “provide support to the coalition, in particular to help them ... be discriminative in targeting and to minimize the risk of civilian causalities,” AFP quoted Deputy Commander of US Army Central Major General David Hill as saying.

In other remarks on the sidelines of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, Hill said the US Central Command remains focused on fighting al-Qaeda and ISIS in the Middle East.

US forces have been providing support to the Arab Coalition in Yemen since 2015 in facing Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Regarding the US pullout of its forces from Syria, where it has been fighting ISIS, Hill said Washington is set to withdraw its troops after allied Kurdish-led forces capture ISIS’s last holdout in the war-torn country.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners across the region here to do just that.”

“We are conducting a withdrawal from Syria ... but I am confident that we remain postured to continue fighting against ISIS,” Hill explained.

The extremist group has suffered major losses in the past two years after a several-year brutal rule in both Syria and Iraq.

Supported by the Washington-led international coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched in September a massive military operation to finish off ISIS in its last eastern Syrian enclave.

In December, US President Donald Trump shocked allies when he announced he would withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria because ISIS had already been “beaten”.

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