US command admits its country aerial defeat over Yemen
A US commmand admitted the loss after the Yemeni army forces had intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led coalition , backed by the US, while flying in the skies over Yemen’s southwestern province of Dhamar.
The media bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, citing the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced in a statement that Yemeni air defense forces shot down the US-built General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (sometimes called Predator B) drone with a precision missile early on Wednesday.
U.S. military’s Central Command admitted on Wednesday that US MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen.
“We are aware of reporting that a US MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen. We do not have any further information to provide at this time,” the U.S. military’s Central Command said in a statement.
It is worth mentioning that U.S. military said that the Air Defenses shot down a US Spy drone MQ-9 in West Coast frontline on June 6.
The US has provided billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition waging a devastating war in Yemen.
The United States provided over a third of global arms during the past five years, enhancing its role as the world’s top weapons seller, a Swedish-based research institute says.
US deliveries included “advanced weapons such as combat aircraft, short-range cruise and ballistic missiles, and large numbers of guided bombs,” Aude Fleurant, head of SIPRI’s arms and military expenditure program said in a statement.
More than half of the US sales went to the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia alone accounted for 22 per cent of US sales, making it the country’s single-most important market.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.