Five British Special Forces Troops Wounded in a Secret Compain in Yemen
At least five British Special Forces commandos have been wounded in gun battles as part of a top-secret UK military campaign in Yemen, The Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
According to the Mail on Sunday the Royal Air Force also has “boots on the ground”: RAF engineers sent to Saudi Arabia to repair the kingdom’s fleet of military aircraft came under fire last week when Yemeni army launched drone’ strike on the King Khalid airbase, where they are maintaining Tornado jets used to bomb largely civilian populated areas in Yemen.
According to reports, the drone exploded on the runway, destroying two Tornados. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has said that no UK personnel were wounded.
Former Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell called on the Government to provide further explanations to Parliament about the role of the British troops, saying that the UK was “shamefully complicit” in Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen.
The Saudi kingdom and its coalition declared a war against Yemen on March 26, 2015. The coalition members included: Saudi, UAE, USA, UK, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal and Sudan.
Malaysia, Djibouti, and Pakistan joined the coalition later. Other countries provided their support to the coalition through the sale of weapons, logistical and/or intelligence services. These include: France, Eritrea, Somalia, Spain, Germany, Canada, Finland and Australia.