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UAE says it sent military recruits to Yemen island for drill

AP  |  Dubai 

The United Arab Emirates says it sent military recruits for training on a Yemeni island where its troops have been stationed.

UAE's state-run WAM agency last night described the training on Socotra Island as "intensive," saying it included battle skills, weapons training and first aid.

forces and aid organisations have been on Socotra Island, which sits near the mouth of the of Aden, since a deadly cyclone struck in November 2015. It represents a crucial chokepoint and has seen recent attacks from Somali pirates.

Emirati forces have military outposts in several areas in Yemen as part of an ongoing Saudi-led war there.

The UAE, while hosting some 5,000 American troops, increasingly is flexing its own military muscle in the region by opening bases abroad.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 18:42 IST