A soldier missing after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen on Aug. 25 has-been declared dead, the U.S. military asserted late Friday.
Army Staff. Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez was a member of the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as the â€œNight Stalkers,â€� when the helicopter went down, official said.
The Pentagon asserted Rivera-Lopez, 31, was killed during a â€œtraining incident,â€� off Yemen where the US has-been supporting Yemeni and Emirati forces battling al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as well as a Saudi-led coalition against Iranian-backed Hauthi militants.
A acknowledgment issued by U.S. Central Command asserted five other service members who were aboard the craft were rescued.
The U.S. military has conducted over 80 air strikes in Yemen since late February. Dozens of US special operations forces have supported ground operations in recent weeks.Â
Earlier in August, Yemenâ€™s U.S. ambassador asserted the country did not need a U.S. military presence, yet still required U.S. diplomatic help.
â€œWe need the U.S. government to continue to lend its political and logistical support to the legitimate government and the Arab coalition,â€� Ahmed Awad bin MubarakÂ told Fox NewsÂ in an exclusive interview. â€œThis will, in turn, assist reinstating the government institutions, which will curb AQAP operations and direct to its demise.”
The bad Yemeni war between the Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition is about to enter its fourth year.
At least 25 U.S. service members have been killed in aircraft crashes since July. Â
Fox Newsâ€™ Hollie McKay and Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.