U.S. Arms Sold to Saudis Have Been Traded to Militant Groups Like al Qaeda According to New Report
When the CIA found that Saudi leadership ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Donald Trump moved to defend the crown. One of his main justifications was the large amount of weapons the Saudi’s purchase from the US.
While the weapons pact with the Saudis is valuable to the United States, the deal has allegedly been violated. According to a report, US weapons sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE have found their way into the hands of militants.
CNN says, “Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other factions waging war in Yemen.” This transfer of weapons may put the safety of US troops and their allies into question.
This is not the first time the network has reported on the use of American-made weapons in the Yemeni conflict. Radhya al-Mutawakel, chairman of a Yemen based human rights group said in August of 2018, “In more than one way and during more than one incident, remnants of American weapons have been found at the site of airstrikes that killed civilians. Yemeni civilians are dying every day because of this war and you (America) are fueling this war, so stop fueling this war. It is a shame that financial interests are worth more than the blood of innocent people.”
Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been critical of Donald Trump’s support for Mohammad bin Salman and Saudi leadership. Trump has been resistant to strain the relationship he has built with the royal family.
US Defense confirmed to CNN that they are investigating the allegations. Congress, already angry at the Khashoggi murder, could make this the reason to cut off the relationship with the crown.