U.S. officials say the Pentagon is providing military support, intelligence, ships and special operations forces to help in the ongoing operations against al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen.

The military aid is supporting the Yemeni, Emirati and Arab Coalition forces battling al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Those forces were recently able to retake the port city of Mukalla from AQAP control.

A senior U.S. official says that American special operations forces are advising the Yemeni and Emirati forces in the region. The official says they are working at the headquarters level and are not near the conflict. The official was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly so spoke anonymously.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the U.S. has provided airborne surveillance, medical support, refueling and maritime interdiction.