U.S. boots on the ground in Yemen will be ‘short term’

Military Times, By Andrew Tilghman, May 10

Despite a string of victories over al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a team of U.S. troops on the ground in Yemen will remain in place for now, a top Pentagon official said.

The deployment is “short term” but currently has no firm end date, Cook said.The “small contingent” of U.S. forces was deployed there in April to support Arab-led forces’ effort to oust the militant group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula from their stronghold in the Yemeni port of Al Mukalla, Cook said.“They are still in country, still providing that liaison role, particularly in support of intelligence sharing,” Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook said Monday.

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