Mar 30, 2015 11:29 AM
A look at those involved in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen
The Associated Press
CAIRO (AP) A Saudi-led coalition is targeting Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen in a campaign of airstrikes that began last week. Here's a look at the Sunni Arab countries involved in the fighting so far, as well as others offering material support or backing the operation:
WHO IS ACTIVELY STRIKING YEMEN?
SAUDI ARABIA: The kingdom leads the coalition carrying out airstrikes in Yemen targeting the rebels known as Houthis and their allies, namely forces loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi Arabia has deployed some 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units for the operation, according to reports by Saudi-owned satellite news channel Al-Arabiya. The kingdom's military has discussed targeting fighter jets, air bases, Houthi camps and missile sites. The military also says its Apache attack helicopters have struck Houthi positions just across the border in northern Yemen.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The seven-emirate nation has dispatched its fighter jets in strikes targeting Scud missiles in Yemen, as well as Houthi camps, air defense systems and other military targets, the state-run WAM news agency has reported. The news agency has said 30 jets from the UAE were taking part in the strikes.
WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED AIRCRAFT TO THE COALITION?
KUWAIT: The kingdom has offered 15 fighter jets for the operation, the state-run Kuwait News Agency has reported. It's unclear if they've carried out any strikes.
BAHRAIN: The tiny island kingdom sent 12 fighter jets from the Royal Bahraini Air Force to take part in the operation, the state-run Bahrain News Agency has reported. It's unclear whether they've carried out any strike.
QATAR: Qatar has contributed 10 fighter jets to the operation, according to the UAE state news agency WAM. The state-run Qatar News Agency has not reported on the contribution, or whether the jets have taken part in any airstrike.
SUDAN: The African country has put four fighter jets at the disposal of Saudi Arabia, Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told the private, pro-government Ashorooq television station. Sudan also has offered to dispatch 6,000 soldiers for ground operations for the coalition as well, Osman said. The Sudanese government has not disclosed whether it has carried out strikes.
EGYPT: Egypt is believed to be offering both aircraft and naval vessels for the operation, though officials have not offered any breakdown of their contribution, nor said whether they've launched any strikes.
WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED MATERIAL SUPPORT TO THE COALITION?
UNITED STATES: White House spokesman Eric Schultz has said that President Barack Obama authorized logistical and intelligence support for the strikes, but that the U.S. is not joining with direct military action.
WHO HAS OFFERED UNSPECIFIED SUPPORT TO THE COALITION?
JORDAN: A Jordanian official has told The Associated Press that Jordan is "participating" in the coalition, but declined to say specifically if that included airstrikes. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to discuss the issue with journalists.
MOROCCO: Morocco is supporting the coalition, without offering details.
WHO HAS VOICED SUPPORT FOR THE COALITION?
PAKISTAN: Pakistan has voiced support of the coalition's mission while not taking part in strikes. It has started evacuating its citizens from Yemen.
SOMALIA: Somalia has voiced support of the coalition's mission, Somali media has reported.
Associated Press writers Brian Rohan and Maamoun Youssef in Cairo, Karin Laub in Amman, Jordan, and Mohamed Osman in Khartoum, Sudan, contributed to this report.
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