As so many of us have documented for nearly 8 years, US-backed Saudi air strikes have been nonstop war crimes. The siege has been eased, but it’s still a war crime. https://t.co/2Pl4H5gzgg
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) June 4, 2022
- New Demands for Yemen War Powers Resolution as Report Reveals Depth of US Complicity in Airstrikes
by BRETT WILKINS, https://www.commondreams.org/
An investigation found that many Saudi-led airstrikes were “carried out by jets developed, maintained, and sold by U.S. companies, and by pilots who were trained by the U.S. military.”
A leading peace group on Monday said a new report detailing the depth of U.S. support for Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen—hundreds of which have been called war crimes by international legal experts—shows the need for Congress to pass a recently introduced measure to end American complicity in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
According to The Washington Post—which along with the Security Force Monitor (SFM) at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute analyzed thousands of news reports and images to identify warplanes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that have attacked Yemen—”a substantial portion of the air raids were carried out by jets developed, maintained, and sold by U.S. companies, and by pilots who were trained by the U.S. military.”
This, despite a February 2021 pledge by President Joe Biden to end U.S. support for “offensive operations” in the Saudi-led war—a promise that has been repeatedly sidestepped via arms sales and a $500 million maintenance contract.
“This is an absolutely devastating analysis of U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen,” tweeted the Quaker peace group Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). “Our ongoing complicity is a stain on our nation’s soul. Just further reason for Congress to pass the newly introduced Yemen War Powers Resolution.”
Don’t you think it’s funny that Biden won’t invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to the Summit of the Americas because they are “not democratic,” but will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet the barbaric butcher MBS? Hmmmm.
— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) June 3, 2022