The United States has announced it will send the USS Cole guided missile destroyer and fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates in the wake of a rise in missile attacks by the Yemen-based Houthi rebel group.
After a series of missile attacks on the UAE by the Houthis this month, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Abu bin Zayed Al Nahyan this week. Austin told him the United States would be sending the warship along with a fleet of fifth-generation fighter jets to the region to help intercept and discourage any further Houthi attacks, and “assist against the current threat.”
Austin told the Crown Prince the US would be sending the “guided-missile destroyer USS Cole to partner with the UAE Navy before making a port call in Abu Dhabi,” according to the conversation read-out.
The fifth-generation fighter jets may include F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting II combat jets, both made in the United states. The United States military launched interceptor missiles on Monday in the latest Houthi attack, avoiding an attack on Yemen as it hosted Israeli President Issac Herzog.
There are currently 2,000 US troops stationed in the UAE, mostly at al-Dhafra airbase in Abu Dhabi. An oil facility near the base has been the target of some of the recent Houthi missile attacks.
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