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Grave Warnings Issued as Trump Considers Major Escalation of US Military Role in Yemen


A girl is treated for a suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. The World Health Organization says a rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed thousands of lives since April and is suspected of affecting 246,000 people. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

Aid groups warned that American support for a Saudi-led takeover of Yemen’s main humanitarian port “would destroy the lifeline to millions.”

According to the Wall Street Journal—which first reported the details of the plan on Sunday—the Trump White House “is weighing an appeal from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for direct U.S. support” for Saudi-forces that are closing in on the port city of Hodeidah, where nearly 80 percent of all humanitarian aid and food arrives. Hodeidah is currently controlled by Houthi rebels.

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked for a quick assessment of the UAE’s plea for assistance such as surveillance drone flights to help a Saudi-led coalition retake Hodeidah,” the Journal noted.

Alex Emmons@AlexEmmons

This is horrifying – the US is weighing a more direct role in a military operation that will push Yemen’s famine into overdrive:https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-weighs-expanding-military-role-in-yemen-war-1528064393 

Conditions in Yemen are dire, and U.S. officials worry that a plan to seize a key Red Sea port could make the humanitarian situation worse.

U.S. Weighs Expanding Military Role in Yemen War

The Trump administration is weighing an appeal from the United Arab Emirates for direct U.S. support to seize Yemen’s main port for humanitarian aid from Iranian-backed Houthi fighters, a move that…

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“The push for Hodeidah is likely to exacerbate an already catastrophic security situation in Yemen,” Francois Moreillon, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, told the Journal in response to the White House’s reported plan.

Amid reports that Saudi-backed forces are now just miles away from Hodeidah after taking over a nearby town, Norway Refugee Council chief Jan Egeland additionally warned that an attack on the port city “would destroy the lifeline to millions.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)—one of the few lawmakers from either side of the aisle to speak out forcefully against U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen—ridiculed the Trump administration’s apparent consideration of a plan that could further devastate a nation in which millions are already on the brink of famine.

Chris Murphy

@ChrisMurphyCT

Trump Foreign Policy 101:

U.S.: “Saudis, don’t invade Hodeidah. Terrible idea. Tons of civilians will die.”

Saudis: “We’re doing it.”

U.S.: “Please don’t. Could be catastrophic.”

Saudis: “We’re doing it anyway.”

U.S.: “Yea? Ok. Maybe we’ll help.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-weighs-expanding-military-role-in-yemen-war-1528064393 

Conditions in Yemen are dire, and U.S. officials worry that a plan to seize a key Red Sea port could make the humanitarian situation worse.

U.S. Weighs Expanding Military Role in Yemen War

The Trump administration is weighing an appeal from the United Arab Emirates for direct U.S. support to seize Yemen’s main port for humanitarian aid from Iranian-backed Houthi fighters, a move that…

wsj.com

While the plan for a larger U.S. military role in Yemen has not been finalized, the Journal reports that some U.S. officials are eager to provide further military assistance to Saudi-led forces in Yemen.

“We have folks who are frustrated and ready to say: ‘Let’s do this. We’ve been flirting with this for a long time,” an anonymous Trump administration official told the Journal. “Something needs to change the dynamic, and if we help the Emiratis do it better, this could be good.”

The possibility of deeper U.S. involvement in Yemen comes just weeks after the New York Times revealed that U.S. special forces have been helping train Saudi soldiers along the Yemeni border—a secret operation that was not publicly debated or approved by Congress.

“I have strong concerns that the Trump administration is getting the U.S. more involved in a war in Yemen without congressional authorization,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned in response to the Times report. “We must prevent the U.S. from getting dragged into another never-ending war.”

Top Photo | A girl is treated for a suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. The World Health Organization says a rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has already claimed thousands of lives. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

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