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Report: US Failed To Assess Civilians Killed By US Weapons In Yemen War

Report: US Failed To Assess Civilians Killed By US Weapons In Yemen War
Last updated Jun 09, 2022
Image credit: Anadolu Agency [via Middle East Monitor]

Facts

  • An internal report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that Washington has failed to evaluate the number of civilians killed by the Saudi coalition in Yemen and the role of US weapons in the casualties.[1]
  • According to the report, the State Dept. and Pentagon authorized the delivery and maintenance of fighter jets and munitions used by the alliance in its deadly attacks.[1]
  • The report, which covers the period from 2015 - when the war began - to 2021, is the second official probe by a US agency. A State Dept. inspector general released a report in 2020 that also pointed to deficiencies in preventing civilian casualties in the Yemen war.[1]
  • The new findings follow US Pres. Biden's recent announcement that he may soon visit Saudi Arabia - despite calling the kingdom a "pariah" during his election campaign.[2]
  • Meanwhile, a Washington Post analysis alleges that the US played a critical role in supporting Saudi-coalition airstrikes in Yemen, which human rights groups dubbed "apparent war crimes," despite the Biden admin's promise not to assist in "offensive operations."[3]
  • A truce between the Yemeni government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels was extended on June 2 for another two months. The war has killed about 150K people, including more than 14.5K civilians.[4]

Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

The US likes to make big claims about defending worldwide freedom and human rights, but is quick to turn a blind eye when it serves its interests - as seen in Yemen. If the US is serious about a rules-based world order, it needs to start playing by the rules itself.

Pro-establishment narrative

There's no doubt that a humanitarian tragedy is taking place in Yemen. However, it was the right decision to side with the internationally recognized Yemeni government and stand up to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The US has been advocating for a peace deal for some time and the recent truce extension is impressive evidence of these efforts.

Cynical narrative

The war in Yemen, now in its eighth year, is every bit as brutal as what's taking place in Ukraine. The West's failure to address this humanitarian disaster or cover it in the media with any sort of urgency says a lot about its inherent bias and who it considers worthy and unworthy victims.


Establishment split

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