• US cuts military advisers to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

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    RIYADH: The US military has slashed the number of intelligence advisers directly supporting the Saudi-led coalition’s air war in Yemen, the US Navy said on Saturday. The reassignment of personnel, around June, occurred because “there was not the same sort of requests coming in for assistance” from the Saudis, Fifth Fleet spokesman Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey told Agence France-Presse from Bahrain. But McConnaughey said the US reassignment of personnel does not affect their ability to support the Saudis and is a more efficient allocation of resources. He said the United States now has “a limited number, less than five, that are working directly on the advisory cell that we have there.” That number is down from about 45, in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, at its peak.

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