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U.S. Army Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis Combat Threat From Yemen Rebels

U.S. Army Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis Combat Threat From Yemen Rebels by Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt – New York Times

For years, the American military has sought to distance itself from a brutal civil war in Yemen, where Saudi-led forces are battling rebels who pose no direct threat to the United States.

But late last year, a team of about a dozen Green Berets arrived on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, in a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.

With virtually no public discussion or debate, the Army commandos are helping locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels in Yemen are using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.

Details of the Green Beret operation, which has not been previously disclosed, were provided to The New York Times by United States officials and European diplomats…

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