Saturday 10 November 2018
For a long time, the United States supported the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Among other things, they help to supply airplanes in flight. But after the assassination of the regime's critic, Khashoggi's critique of this support is stronger. Now cooperation is dissolved.
The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen will no longer use US support to supply its fighters. The official Saudi Arabian agency reports that the coalition has called on the United States to cease its assistance. The reason given was that the coalition had recently expanded its capabilities in this area and no longer relied on support. The decision was made in consultation with the United States.
The US government has confirmed the information. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States supported Riyadh's "decision" to end its fighters' fuel-supply cooperation. The coalition has decided to "use its military capabilities". So far, the United States has been responsible for refueling about one-fifth of the coalition planes operating in Yemen.
Criticism and the Khashoggi case
The support of Saudi Arabia to the three-year civil war, which killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than two million people, has long been controversial in the United States, even in the Republican ranks of President Donald Trump.
This criticism was recently taken in the wake of international disdain for the murder of the Saudi Arabian critic Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate of Istanbul. The US government has condemned the murder of the journalist, but at the same time tried to avoid damage to relations with its close ally, Saudi Arabia. A coordinated government decision in Washington and Riyadh to end refueling assistance could be an attempt by both sides to stop congressional intervention. In Yemen, the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi, backed by the military alliance of Saudi Arabia, and the pro-Iranian huthi militias face each other.