From Defense One:
American and Emirati special forces have launched a “major operation” in south-central Yemen against fighters of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE announced Thursday. A U.S. defense official told Fox News the Americans are acting in a supporting role for a multi-day “clearing operation” that involves Yemeni government troops as well in the Shabwah Governorate. The UAE is primarily in the lead, according to the defense official.
“This is not a one-day thing,” the official said describing the mission.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled Friday to Dam Neck, Virginia, home to SEAL Team Six, and received an update on the operation, according to officials.
(ht Felix Bronstein)