USA military helicopter crashes off coast of Yemen

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.

"U.S forces in the region are conducting an ongoing search for one USA service member who was aboard the aircraft", the military said in a statement. Washington Post quoted U.S. Central Command statement.

Officials said they would begin an investigation.

A service member remains missing after a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen during what officials described as a training exercise.

US special operations forces have also conducted ground raids this year, including a controversial operation in late January, one of the first authorized by President Donald Trump, in which Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Owens was killed and an MV-22 Osprey was destroyed.

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The U.S.is waging a campaign against an arm of the al-Qaida terrorist group that has secured, in the words of U.S. officials, a "heavy" presence in Yemen.

Yemen, located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, is the Arab world's poorest country and is engulfed in a yearslong civil war.

A small team of U.S. The U.S. was also providing midair refueling and overhead reconnaissance support.

Earlier this month, an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Hawaiileft five soldiers missing, ultimately forcing the Army to suspend its search and presume the soldiers dead.

The crash comes a little more than a week after a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Hawaii during training.

  • Myrtle Hill