U.S. troops are planning to send in special operations forces in an operation to rescue American hostages held by Yemeni militants, but it’s unclear what will be done with the troops when they arrive.
The Pentagon on Tuesday said it has ordered the special forces to be deployed within 60 days to the Arabian Peninsula country, which has been engulfed in a civil war between Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government.
A U.N. official told the Associated Press that the U.K. military will send in a U.B.E. special forces unit to the country, but the exact size of the mission has yet to be decided.
A statement from the Pentagon said it had received “overwhelming support” from the White House and U.KS.
The U.T.S., which is the largest U. S. military contingent in the country and is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, has been working with the Saudis and Emiratis in the fight against the Houthis.
U.U.S.-backed forces backed by Saudi-led air strikes have been pushing back the Houthi militia since they overran the capital, Sanaa, in late 2015.
The rebels, which are aligned with Iran, have been accused of being backed by the Houthites and al Qaeda in the Arabian Gulf, the group that carried out the attacks on the U in 2009.
UAVs are now being used to deliver supplies to the rebels and UAV operators are now conducting patrols to help the U and other allied forces with intelligence gathering.
The Yemeni military said on Tuesday it had seized four weapons from the Houthitish rebels.
It also announced that the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had signed a peace deal with the Houthite rebels, saying the deal was worth billions of dollars.
The military said the deal included the establishment of a presidential office and a cabinet.
UAH, a government-backed rebel group, has also been active in the war.
_____ The U.H. has been trying to establish an administration in Sanaa since the Houthist takeover in 2015. ___