The United Arab Emirates has announced that its troops are withdrawing from the war in Yemen.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, posted the official announcement on his Twitter account.He quoted the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, who in an earlier speech announced the “war is over for our troops.”
The UAE joined Saudi Arabia in a coalition over a year ago in an intense military operation in Yemen aimed at pushing back Iran-backed Houthi rebels who had forced the Saudi-supported government into exile.
Aircraft from the United Arab Emirates had launched a large amount of air strikes on several targets across Yemen. The strikes came a day after 45 Emirati soldiers died in Yemen in a missile strike claimed by Houthi rebels.
The UAE, which has one of the best-equipped militaries in the region, suffered numerous losses over the past year of fighting in Yemen, including four pilots killed in two separate helicopter crashes this week.