Saudi Arabia and the US are working to broaden military cooperation as the Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm against Houthi militants in Yemen enters a second week, said reports from Washington on Wednesday.
“The US coordinates closely with Saudi Arabia and our Gulf Cooperation Council partners on issues related to their security and our shared interests,” said Stewart Wight, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Riyadh, when asked to comment on the reports.
Wight said President Barack Obama had already earlier authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to the GCC-led military operations.
“While US forces are not taking direct military action in Yemen in support of this effort, we are establishing a joint planning cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate US military and intelligence support,” said Wight.
Reports quoting American officials said the US military is preparing to aid Saudi Arabia in its air campaign in Yemen by providing more intelligence, bombs and aerial refueling missions for planes carrying out airstrikes.
“The US has announced that it is increasing support for the Saudi-led attack on Yemen,” said a report.