Wikileaks released a batch of files Friday alleging the United States armed, trained and financed Yemeni forces in the buildup to the country’s current civil war.
The 500 internal leaked documents, allegedly hacked from the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, prove the Yemeni government received aircraft, patrol boats, weapons, on-site U.S. training and assistance teams, the Yemeni procurement biometric systems, two English-language labs and various other military hardware from the U.S.
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The weapons supply to the Yemeni government is estimated to have cost $147 million, $99 million of which was allocated for a “counterterrorism aviation support;” $41 million or the Yemeni Navy for “operations support and capacity building;” and an additional $7 million earmarked for a “counterterrorism direct action force support” package.
“The United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said of the rarely reported conflict in a statement on the organization’s website.
Dubbed the “Yemen Files,” the leak consisted of 200 emails and 300 PDFs which span from 2009-2015, covering both the tenures of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as Secretary of State.
The Obama administration has made 42 separate weapons deals with Yemen since 2009, totaling $115 billion, according to a September report from the Center for International Policy.
With Yemen sitting at an important “narrow choke point” for oil trade passing through the Middle East, the war in Yemen was largely strategic, Wikileaks said.
The State Department has warned Obama the U.S. would almost certainly be accused of committing war crimes in the Yemeni conflict by providing logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition. The Obama administration has, nevertheless, approved $1.3 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia since 2015.
At least 12 Yemeni civilians were killed Wednesday after Saudi Arabia refused to extend a two-day cease-fire that was initiated Monday. Both sides haved blamed each other for violations of the cease-fire.
Assange issued a statement accompanying Friday’s release of documents.
“The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally displaced persons,” Assange said. “Although the United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself, reportage on the war in English is conspicuously rare.” Source: westernjournalism.com
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