UAE troops re­turn from Aden af­ter restor­ing peace and sta­bil­ity to ar­eas of Ye­men

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UAE army chiefs an­nounced the re­turn of sol­diers serv­ing in Aden, Ye­men, af­ter restor­ing sta­bil­ity to the area.

The Gen­eral Com­mand of the UAE Armed Forces said the troops achieved their goal of “lib­er­at­ing the re­gion” be­fore hand­ing over re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to Ye­meni and Saudi troops.

Gen­eral Com­mand told the state news agency Wam that forces re­turn­ing from Aden lib­er­ated the city from Houthi and ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions on July 17, 2015.

“There­after, the Saudi-led Arab Coali­tion forces spread out from Aden and lib­er­ated many other ar­eas of Ye­men from the Houthi rebels, foil­ing Ira­nian at­tempts to in­fil­trate Ye­men and dom­i­nate its af­fairs,” it said. Gen­eral Com­mand said UAE and Saudi troops worked to­gether to up­root ter­ror­ist threats.

“As a re­sult, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity were re­stored across the gover­norate,” it said.

“The forces also armed and trained the Ye­meni forces in a way that would en­able them to dis­charge their mil­i­tary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­de­pen­dently.

“The Ye­meni forces thus trained are highly com­pe­tent, pro­fes­sional and ca­pa­ble of main­tain­ing se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity,” the UAE mil­i­tary said.

It said UAE forces would re­sume, with their al­lies, their fight against ter­ror­ist forces in South Ye­men and other re­gions.

Gen­eral Com­mand praised the role of the UAE mil­i­tary in re­cent years to com­bat ter­ror­ism and paid trib­ute to those who had died in the line of duty.

It reaf­firmed the com­mit­ment of the UAE Armed Forces as part of the Arab Coali­tion to sup­port the peo­ple of Ye­men.

The UAE an­nounced in July that it would re­de­ploy its troops in Ye­men, as part of a move from a mil­i­tary strat­egy to a fo­cus on the emerg­ing peace process.

“We do have troop lev­els that are down for rea­sons that are strate­gic in Hodei­dah and rea­sons that are tac­ti­cal” else­where in the coun­try, a se­nior UAE of­fi­cial said at the time.

“It is very much to do with mov­ing from what I would call a mil­i­tary-first strat­egy to a peace-first strat­egy.” The de­ci­sion came af­ter par­tial suc­cesses to­wards a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment made be­tween the Ye­meni gov­ern­ment and Houthi rebels over the port city of Hodei­dah.

Wam

Mo­hammed Al Bawardi, Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Af­fairs, and Lt Gen Ha­mad Al Ru­maithi, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces re­ceive UAE troops

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