U.S. Soldiers Secretly Fighting Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen, Report Says
U.S. Army Special Forces have been covertly aiding in Saudi Arabia’s war against Zaidi Shiite Muslim insurgents in neighboring Yemen, where the rebels control the capital and often fire ballistic missiles, according to a new report by The New York Times.
Citing information provided by U.S. officials and European diplomats, the Times reported Thursday that about a dozen Green Berets were deployed to Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen in December, a month after the Houthi rebels fired a Burkan-2 ballistic missile at Riyadh’s international airport. Saudi Arabia claimed to have intercepted the November attack with its U.S.-built MIM-104F Patriot missile defense system, but analysts have cast doubt on this official version of events.