October 10, 2016

KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:

Yemen Airstrike Spurs U.S. Review of Support for Saudi Military Campaign (MOHAMMED AL KIBSI in Hajjah, Yemen,  AHMED AL OMRAN in Riyadh and KAREN LEIGH in Dubai,  Oct. 10, 2016, WSJ)

Saturday's bombing marks the latest case where the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Sunni Arab allies has come under scrutiny for a suspected airstrike that resulted in a high civilian death toll. Such attacks have strained American support for the Saudi campaign in Yemen, spurring U.S. lawmakers to explore ways to curb $1.15 billion in arm sales to the kingdom.

Now President Barack Obama's administration said it is also considering how it might adjust support to the coalition, which has included intelligence sharing and the vetting of military targets.

"U.S. security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check," said National Security Council spokesman Ned Price on Saturday. "Even as we assist Saudi Arabia regarding the defense of their territorial integrity, we have and will continue to express our serious concerns about the conflict in Yemen and how it has been waged."

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on Sunday with Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir to communicate Washington's "deep concern" with Saturday's attack, the State Department said.

The Sa'uds have already lost this war but it would be useful to get them pinned down in Syria.
Posted by at October 10, 2016 9:15 AM

  

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