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US deploys anti-drone systems in Yemen’s Hadhramaut to repel strikes: Reports

This file picture shows a counter unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) developed and built by American multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate Raytheon Technologies Corporation. (Via Twitter)

The US military has reportedly deployed anti-drone systems in Yemen’s oil-rich eastern province of Hadhramaut to repel retaliatory drone strikes by Yemeni Armed Forces and fighters from their allied Popular Committees.

According to local media outlets, the counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) are capable of detecting, tracking and ultimately destroying unmanned airborne vehicles, and have been stationed in various region across the province over the past few days.

The reports added that the counter-UAV systems use advanced electromagnetic weapons to neutralize drones flying in the skies over American forces and their affiliated militant groups.

Back in November last year, Yemen Press Agency, citing informed local sources who asked not to be named, reported that a batch of US military forces had entered Hadhramaut, and Provincial Governor, Mabkhout bin Madi, had a face-to-face meeting with the US delegation in his office.

During then meeting, bin Madi complained to the American military officials about the Sana’a-based National Salvation Government’s decision to ban the Saudi-led coalition from exporting the Yemeni crude oil, asserting that the decision would have adverse effects on the global energy market.

Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015.

The objective was to crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen, and reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve any of its objectives. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have been killed. Yemen is witnessing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis now.

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