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U.S. Sends Warship, Jets to Gulf to Fend Off Attacks on UAE

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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The U.S. plans to deploy a squadron of Lockheed Martin’s F-22 fighter jets in addition to moving guided-missile destroyer USS Cole to help the United Arab Emirates fend off attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The USS Cole “will patrol the waters of the UAE, working closely with UAE air defenders to protect their nation,” General Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told state-run WAM news agency. “And then additionally, over the next week or so, we’re going to bring in a squadron of F-22 fighter jets.”