US deploys F-22s in UAE as part of war on Yemen
The United States continues backing the UAE and Saudi Arabia in their war on Yemen as they commit massacre after massacre in the country.
American F-22 stealth fighters arrived in the UAE on Saturday in the latest evidence of US involvement in the war on Yemen that has been devastating the country for years.
The US and its Gulf ally the UAE argue that the purpose of the deployment is "defensive" though it is the UAE and Abu Dhabi-backed groups that usually launch offensives against Yemen and the cities that have been liberated by the Sanaa government forces.
"Air Force F-22 Raptors arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, in the UAE, today as part of a multifaceted demonstration of US support," the US Air Forces Central said on Twitter.
The so-called "support" comes after the Yemeni armed forces retaliated against the Saudi-led UAE-backed coalition launched a series of air raids and committed several massacres in Yemen, which Washington called a "series of attacks throughout January threatened US and Emirati armed forces stationed at the host installation."
The Spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, had explained that the operations against the UAE and Saudi Arabia came in light of their continued aggression against Yemen and its people.
There have been three Sanaa-led retaliatory operations against the UAE since January, all under the name Operation Yemen Hurricane.
CENTCOM head General Kenneth McKenzie announced Friday that Washington would be helping Abu Dhabi modernize its missile defenses to shoot down missiles, especially after facing retaliation from Yemeni forces.
"We will help with replenishment of interceptors. And we'll do everything we can to assist UAE in defending themselves," General Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told Reuters after visiting the UAE earlier in the week.
A Washington Post article revealed that McKenzie arrived in the UAE on Sunday to help Abu Dhabi "defend" itself against Yemen, whom it has been waging a war against for the better half of a decade.
The US said last week it would be sending guided-missile destroyer USS Cole and some F-22 fighters to the UAE after Yemeni armed forces have targeted the country in retaliation to the Saudi-Emirati coalition's ongoing massacres.