Thursday, 16 June 2016

War in Yemen is over for Emirati troops, declares UAE


AP/Dubai
Filed on June 16, 2016 | Last updated on June 16, 2016 at 06.17 am

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"War is over for our troops."

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The United Arab Emirates has announced the end of the war in Yemen for Emirati troops, though it may continue to keep its forces there for counterterrorism operations.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, carried the announcement on his official Twitter account late Wednesday.
He was quoting the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, who had given a speech earlier saying the "war is over for our troops."
Gargash is quoted as saying the UAE was "monitoring political arrangements" and "empowering Yemenis in liberated areas."
The UAE has been among the most active members of a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen that began more than a year ago with the aim of rolling back gains by Houthi rebels.

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