Escalating U.S. Role in Reckless Intervention, U.S. Launches First Direct Strikes Against Rebel Targets in Yemen

“As the administration continues to review the U.S. military role in the intervention, it should heed the calls of human rights groups, aid groups, peace groups, international bodies, and Yemeni civilians by immediately ending U.S. military support to (and now participation in) the coalition, suspending the transfer of weapons to coalition members, and supporting a diplomatic solution to the war.”

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Yesterday, for the first time, the U.S. launched strikes against Houthi-controlled sites in Yemen, making it a now active participant in the the Saudi-led bombing campaign that it’s been facilitating for over a year and a half. The strikes targeted and destroyed three radar installations that the Pentagon says were used by the Houthis in two attempted strikes over the past several days against a U.S. naval destroyer, the USS Mason. While none of the attempted strikes on the USS Mason were successful, a Pentagon spokesperson claimed the strikes against Houthi positions were necessary to “protect our personnel, our ships and our freedom of navigation.”

While these strikes represent a significant escalation, it’s important to note that the U.S. has already been deeply involved in the intervention since it began in March 2015; conducting mid-air refuelings of Saudi coalition jets, providing targeting assistance, participating in a naval blockade, and…

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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