For the first time, the Pentagon acknowledged publicly that the U.S. military is operating on the ground in Yemen. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that a small number of American military personnel are in Yemen “providing limited support” to the Yemeni government and Arab coalition battling al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The U.S. military forces are providing intelligence, maritime support, airborne intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, aerial refueling, and medical aid to the Emirate, Yemeni and Arab coalition forces battling AQAP there.
The USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group is operating off the coast and providing the medical support. The ARG includes the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the USS Boxer, the USS Gravely and the USS Gonzalez.
Davis said that this is a new deployment but declined to provide how many U.S. forces are on the ground there now or where they are operating.