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US F-22 squadron arrives to help UAE ward off Houthi attacks

France is also lending military support while it remains unclear how proactively US fighter pilots will allowed to engage Houthi targets.
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US F-22 fighter jets arrived in the United Arab Emirates over the weekend in a show of military support from Washington following recent missile and drone attacks launched into the Gulf country by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

American F-22 Raptor pilots from the 1st Fighter Wing based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, landed at Al Dhafra Airbase outside Abu Dhabi on Saturday to assist the Emirati military in defending against the attacks, the US Air Force announced.

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