U.S. military involvement in Yemen's civil war appears to be larger than originally thought.
A team of about a dozen Army Green Berets was sent to the country's border with Saudi Arabia in December, to aid the Saudi-led forces in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, according to the New York Times.
Yemen has been in political disarray since 2015, when the Iranian-backed Houthis overthrew the president and took control of most of the western part of the country, including the capital, Sana'a.
About a dozen Army Green Berets have been sent to Saudi Arabia to help secure the border with Yemen, according to the New York Times. Above, Saudi border guards keep watch along the Yemen border in October
A Saudi-led coalition has been locked in a battle with the Houthi fighters since 2015 (fighters in September 2014), when the rebel group overthrew the president and took control of the capital and much of western Yemen
Since then, a Saudi-led coalition has been locked in conflict with the rebels, as they work to reinstate President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
According to U.S. officials and European diplomats interviewed by the Times, Army Green Berets have been aiding the Saudis in locating and destroying caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that the Houthis have been using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.
This appears to contradict the Pentagon's statement on the matter, saying that the U.S. military is only helping the coalition with aircraft refueling, logistics and general intelligence sharing.
Houthi rebels cheer as they launch a missile towards Saudi Arabia on march 28
The Saudi coalition has responded with attacks of their own, including this air strike on a Houthi arms depot in May 2015
The issue with American intervention in the conflict is the fact that the Houthis are not considered a direct threat to the U.S. They have not been deemed a terror group, and do no operate outside of Yemen.
America's activity in Yemen