In Aug.4. 2017 , an unknown number of US troops are on the ground inside Yemen to help with “intelligence sharing”, according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.
The US military is also providing overhead imagery, midair refueling, and has at least three Navy ships in the region with about 4,000 Marines onboard, according to TM Gibbons-Neff of the Washington Post.
US forces have conducted about 80 airstrikes there since Feb. 28, the Post reported. American special operations forces have also conducted a limited number there in recent months.
In late January, President Donald Trump gave the green light to his first military operation as commander-in-chief — a Navy SEAL raid on an AQAP compound in Yemen’s al Bayda province. Although the Pentagon said roughly 30 civilians died in the battle , in addition to SEAL Chief William “Ryan” Owens.