Pentagon says to keep supporting Saudi war against Houthis in Yemen

Washington (Debriefer)
2019-04-24 | Since 4 Month

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No change in the US military strategy applicable to war in Yemen, said Tuesday the Pentagon, confirming the continuation of its support for the Saudi-led coalition forces as fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi group.

As President Donald Trump recommended, any attempt to change the realty of US strategy in Yemen away from combating the terrorist groups, in particular the Houthi militias and ISIS and AQAP groups, seems infeasible and useless, Pentagon spokesperson Commander Rebecca Rebarich added in a statement.

The US armed forces will continue providing the logistic, non-combating support for the Saudi-led coalition in order to improve its measures and tactics, particularly in terms of ensuring the application of armed conflict treaty and avoiding civilian casualties, said Rebarich.

Throughout the 8 last months, the Pentagon observed high-technical performance in the coalition operations, especially at critical times, the statement claimed, noting that US military leaders would keep coordinating with their Gulf partners to tackle the Yemen humanitarian crisis and press for local political settlement.

Last Tuesday, President Trump vetoed a Congressional resolution calling for the US support for coalition in Yemen to end.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.

Since the beginning of the war, the US has backed the coalition bombing campaign with logistic, intelligence and, until recently, midair refueling support for aircraft.

US drones also sporadically strike sites thought to be of Al-Qaeda and ISIS groups in Yemen.

Yemen 4-year war has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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