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In Yemen clashes between Huthis and army

In Yemen clashes between Huthis and army

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces said they destroyed a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from inside Yemeni territory that targeted toward the border city of Najran.

Beyond its years as a base for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen has been convulsed by civil strife since 2014, when the Shiite Muslim rebels from the country's north stormed the capital, Sanaa.

Officials told the New York Times the U.S. troops are training Saudi forces to secure the border.

American special forces are helping Saudi Arabia in their battle against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, it has been revealed.

The New York Times called the troop deployment a "continuing escalation of America's secret wars", adding that the move contradicted United States military's claim that its assistance to the Saudi Arabian-led coalition forces in Yemen is limited to "non-combat support".

The Houthis use their missiles to attack civilian targets within the borders of a US ally, from border towns to Riyadh itself. The deaths came as a shock to the soldiers' families back home, since they weren't operating in a war zone. In fact, new evidence suggests the Pentagon lied to Congress during the March debate about U.S. involvement, presenting the USA role at present being limited to targeting and mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes.

Pentagon officials told the senators what had already been said publicly: that American forces stationed in Saudi Arabia only advised within the kingdom's borders and were focused mostly on border defense.

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Centcom Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, during the March debate, did say that he had authorization to "help the Saudis defend their border".

A batch of United States special elite forces is militarily supporting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, according to the Independent newspaper.

A February report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Saudi Arabia has increased its arms purchases by 225 percent over the past five years, importing 98 percent of its weapons from the U.S. and European Union countries.

The conflict in Yemen is further complicated by the fact that the Houthis are supported by Iran.

He said: "Iran destabilises this entire region".

Otaibi was attempted to influence leaders of the Popular Congress Party to support the Houthi militias and reconsider their decision to break up the partnership between Saleh and Houthis.

Since President Trump took office, relations between the USA and Iran have withered as the president has threatened to pull out of the nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions.