Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
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US Military Black Hawk chopper crashes in Yemen killing one

US Military Black Hawk chopper crashes in Yemen killing one

Editor's Note: This article by Brendan McGarry originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

Friday's crash comes just two days after a visit to the Saudi-Yemen border by Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees the USA military throughout the Middle East.

CENTCOM didn't provide the identities of any of the service members involved, nor any details concerning why the accident happened. U.S. special forces backed with Emirati troops launched a raid in Yemen in January under President Donald Trump that killed a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 other people, including women, children and an estimated 14 militants.

A US military Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the southern coast of Yemen while training its crew, leaving one service member missing, officials said.

U.S. forces in the area are searching for the missing service member, who was aboard the aircraft, according to U.S. Central Command.

The incident is under investigation.

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The Pentagon has conducted more than 80 airstrikes targeting al-Qaida loyalists in Yemen this year from its base near Yemen's port of Mukalla to facilitate an ongoing special operations.

A small team of U.S. The partnered forces are moving against AQAP strongholds in the Shabwah governorate.

Since Feb. 28, the USA has carried out at least 80 airstrikes in Yemen, including close-air support for UAE and Yemeni government forces.

Also this month, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Australia.

Several thousand US sailors and Marines also routinely operate in the region as part of a naval amphibious ready group.

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