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Yemen: Military Intervention

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 53516, tabled on 17 November 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role is of UK military liaison officers with responsibility for liaison with the Saudi Arabian military; and what role those military liaison officers have in the selection of targets relating to operations in Yemen.

Answered on

25 November 2016

We have deployed a small number of military personnel as liaison officers in Saudi Headquarters to provide the UK with greater insight into Saudi processes and operations.

These liaison officers are not involved in carrying out strikes, directing or conducting operations in Yemen or selecting targets, and are not involved in Saudi target decision-making.

All UK Service personnel remain under UK command and control.