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Friday, April 03, 2015

US to refuel Saudi-led aircraft in Yemen war

E-3A SentryThe United States will provide aerial refueling for a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen but is not passing on precise information for air raids, a senior military official said Thursday.

The US military's Central Command (CENTCOM) has been given the green light to deploy refueling tankers for the Saudis and their Gulf partners in the operation, though the refueling will take place outside of Yemen's airspace, the official told reporters.

"We have given CENTCOM the authority to do tanking," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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