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U.S. to Help UAE Replenish Missile Defense Interceptors After Houthi Attacks

The latest U.S. move would be in addition to the Pentagon’s announcement last week of a deployment of a guided missile destroyer and advanced U.S. F-22 fighter jets to the UAE.
U.S. Marine General Frank McKenzie visits Dubai's Expo 2020 site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi/File Photo
U.S. Marine General Frank McKenzie visits Dubai’s Expo 2020 site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi/File Photo

The United States will help the United Arab Emirates replenish interceptors it uses to knock down incoming missiles following a spate of unprecedented attacks by Houthi fighters in Yemen, the U.S. general overseeing Middle East operations told Reuters.

In recent weeks, the Iran-aligned Houthis have waged a string of largely failed strikes on UAE targets that have triggered Emirati and U.S. air defenses and have even seen American troops based there briefly taking shelter.

“We will help with replenishment of interceptors. And we’ll do everything we can to assist UAE in defending themselves,” General Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said in an interview after a trip to Abu Dhabi earlier this week.

McKenzie did not offer further specifics. The UAE has privately requested U.S. replenishment of missile defense interceptors, including for its THAAD and Patriot system, a source familiar with the matter said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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