Trump Frees American Imprisoned in Yemen

American held hostage in Yemen freed Trump

American held hostage in Yemen freed Trump

President Donald Trump announced Monday that the United States has recovered Danny Burch, an American citizen who was being held hostage in Yemen for the a year ago and a half.

USA citizen Danny Burch had been detained in Yemen and was later released to the third-party country in January of 2018.

Danny Burch "has been recovered and reunited" with his family, Mr Trump said on Twitter, thanking the United Arab Emirates for its assistance.

He continued, "We work every day to bring Americans home".

"We maintain constant and intensive diplomatic, intelligence, and law enforcement cooperation within the United States government and with our foreign partners", Trump said, in a statement that was echoed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 'We will not rest as we continue our work to bring the remaining American hostages back home!'

His Yemeni wife said he was seized in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in September 2017 after dropping his children off at an event.

Yemen has been riven by a deadly civil war since 2015 and Burch's abduction had been blamed on Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

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Burch was living in Yemen and working for an oil company in September 2017 when he was abducted by armed gunmen in broad daylight from his vehicle in the streets of the capital of Sana, his family members said at the time.

The United States has been backing Saudi Arabia and its efforts in Yemen to fight the Houthis, who regularly fire rockets provided by Iran at civilian targets. 'The family has asked for privacy as they recover from this ordeal.

Pompeo thanked the Emiratis, Robert O'Brien, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the FBI's Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell for working to free Burch.

Burch is the latest American hostage that the Trump administration has helped free.

"The safety of Americans is a high priority of the @realDonaldTrump Administration", Pompeo added.

Burch was transferred from Yemen to Oman in January 2018, traveling in the company of a senior Houthi official.

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