Falsely Claims War Decision Was Aimed at al-Qaeda
Speaking today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State John Kerry endorsed the Saudi government’s decision to attack Yemen in March of last year, starting a war which has raged ever since and killed thousands of civilians.
Kerry claimed the decision for war was made in part to target “al-Qaeda operatives,” even though in reality the Saudis left the local al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), totally untouched for nine months, and allowed them to occupy the major city of Mukallah early in the war, where they’ve remained ever since.
Kerry followed on these comments with complaints about Iranian “interference” in Yemen. Though the Saudi war is against a Shi’ite faction in Yemen, the group has few historic ties to Iran, and despite Saudi claims they’ve provided little evidence of Iran being even tangentially involved.
On Saturday, the White House issued a statement of “concern” about the massive civilian death toll in Yemen, but conspicuously did not mention Saudi Arabia, who has killed the vast majority of them, and simply urged all sides to exercise “restraint.”
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Netanyahu Denies Any Deals Reached Limiting Settlement Expansion - March 26th, 2017
- US General: 5,000 More Troops Needed for Afghanistan - March 26th, 2017
- Defense Secretary Seeks Deeper US Involvement in Yemen War - March 26th, 2017
- Syria Threatens Scud Strikes If Israel Attacks Again - March 26th, 2017
- US Troops Capture Syrian Military Airbase Near Raqqa - March 26th, 2017