American drone shot down in Yemen

American drone shot down in Yemen

A USA surveillance drone has crashed in Sanaa, Yemen after being shot down by the Houthi rebel forces, SABA, the regional news agency, reports.

"We use unmanned platforms like these to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, including to track terrorist networks", said Pentagon spokesperson Maj. The Pentagon did not say whether the drone was on a surveillance mission or was to combat AQAP.

"We aren't going to talk specifics due to operational security reasons; the USA has security interest in Yemen and works very closely with the Government of Yemen to counter terrorism".

The U.S.is also fighting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the region, launching raids and drone strikes against the group's militants. AQAP controls rural areas in central and southern Yemen. In 2017, the USA has conducted more than 100 airstrikes as part of the mission.

Since March 25, 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

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An airstrike launched by the Saudi-led coalition hit a civilian target, killing five people and injuring four others in the southwestern of Taiz on Monday, pro-Houthi media outlets reported.

Barh, however, is held by the country's Shia Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran.

Yemen is in the midst of a civil war that the United Nations estimates has killed more than 10,000 people.

Yemen's years-long war has produced one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, with poverty and port blockades compounding the deadly violence between the Saudi-backed government and an alliance joining the Huthis and Saleh.

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