US fired Patriot missiles to intercept Houthi attack on UAE during Herzog visit

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US fired Patriot missiles to intercept Houthi attack on UAE during Herzog visit
Pentagon notes that it was Emirati surface-to-air missiles that actually engaged the targets
By Jon Gambrell
1 February 2022

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The US military launched interceptor missiles during an attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels that targeted the United Arab Emirates during a visit by Israel’s president, the second-such time American troops have opened fire, officials said. The acknowledgements by the White House and Pentagon late Monday represent a widening American involvement in Yemen’s yearslong war, a conflict that US President Joe Biden declared nearly a year ago “has to end.”

While the US has ended offensive support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting on behalf of Yemen’s exiled government, its involvement in defending the UAE comes as the rebel Houthis have declared Al-Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi a target. Al-Dhafra hosts some 2,000 American troops and has served as a major base of operations for everything from armed drones to F-35 stealth fighters. Speaking from the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki said the US military “responded to an inbound missile threat on the UAE.

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