In an interview with the Emirates News Agency, WAM, General Kenneth McKenzie said, “The United States is cooperating with the UAE and with regional and international partners to develop more effective solutions to stop drone attacks.”
He added, “We are pleased to see the effective use of the anti-missile defense system (THAAD) in the UAE, and I know that this reassures everyone in the UAE, and we will continue to cooperate with the country to develop more effective defense systems in the future.”
“We are working with our partners in the region and with defense technology development companies in the United States, to develop solutions that will deal with drones before they are launched,” said the general who oversees US forces in the Middle East.
This system aims to detect and deal with drones before they are launched.
He also stressed that his current visit to the UAE comes in the context of strengthening relations of cooperation and friendship with the country, and affirming the continued support of the United States.
“Although the attacks on the UAE are very worrying for the United States, the country has one of the most professional militaries in the region, and I think the UAE is a very safe place,” McKenzie continued.
The commander of the US Central Command confirmed that the United States was quick to support its friend, the UAE, saying: “We sent the guided missile destroyer (USS Cole), which has great defensive capabilities against ballistic missiles. The destroyer will patrol the waters of the Emirates, and work closely with the Emirati side. to protect the state.
He added, “We will also send to the UAE a squadron of advanced F-22 fighters a week from now, and it is one of the best air superiority fighters in the world.”
Regarding reports about the possibility of reclassifying the Houthis as a terrorist organization and the potential impact of such a move, McKenzie said: “I will leave this issue to American diplomats, but I will say that the Houthis are acting recklessly and irresponsibly as they attack the UAE and continue to attack the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
And regarding the killing of the leader of the terrorist organization, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, during a US raid, as part of counter-terrorism efforts in northwest Syria, last Wednesday, McKenzie said: “I think that getting rid of the leader of ISIS makes it difficult for the organization to coordinate its activities around the world.” .
The commander of the US Central Command explained that the United States wants to contain the threat of ISIS “locally and regionally”, so that its security forces can “deal with them immediately rather than allowing them to coordinate their activities around the world, and launch large and devastating attacks.”
With regard to Afghanistan, the general stressed that his country is “closely monitoring the situation,” noting the United States’ “concern” about the possibility of ISIS-Khorasan and al-Qaeda coordinating attacks against the United States and its allies.