Stop British, United States, weapons killing Yemeni civilians

This video from the USA saays about itself:

Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of Press Relations.

U.S. Department of State – Daily Briefing: August 09 2016

SAUDI-LED COALITION HITS FOOD FACTORY, KILLING 14 CIVILIANS – 09 Aug – (excerpt) Five women were among those killed in what effectively was the resumption of heavy bombardment by the Saudi-led alliance targeting Yemen … The resumption comes after U.N. peace talks on Yemen collapsed over the weekend in Kuwait.

The airstrikes also signal the end of a fragile truce declared by the United Nations in April to pave the way for peace talks.

Read more here.

U.S. APPROVES $1.5 BILLION SALE OF TANKS, EQUIPMENT TO SAUDI ARABIA – 11 Aug – The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi … . Human rights groups have criticized the coalition’s air strikes because of the deaths of civilians.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale. […]

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the United Nations General Assembly in June to suspend Saudi Arabia from the U.N. Human Rights Council until the military coalition stops killing civilians in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition’s campaign in Yemen has been devastating for civilians (and) the U.S. should be suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, not approving more,” said Kristine Beckerle, a researcher with Human Rights Watch.

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US SELLS BATTLE TANKS TO SAUDI ARABIA AS IT RENEWS ASSAULT ON YEMEN – 10 Aug – In a clear signal of American imperialism’s unrelenting commitment to the Saudi monarchy and its ongoing war against Yemen, the United States’ State Department approved the sale of one hundred and fifty Abrams main battle tanks to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

The tanks, designed for large-scale ground warfare, are part of a larger package of American weaponry, valued at $1.15 billion, that includes a bevy of additional military hardware.

The US-Saudi deal, which also includes $155 million worth of Gatling guns and $200 million worth of training to the Saudi military, is geared to strengthen the US-Saudi alliance and deepen Washington’s already intimate military partnership with the regime.

Read more here.

Saudi Arabia on UN rights panel despite Yemen war crimes? 29 June 2016. VIDEO here.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 8 September 2016


MPs on the House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls have urged in a draft report that the UK government stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia because of its war crimes in Yemen.

It said: ‘The weight of evidence of violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is now so great that it is very difficult to continue to support Saudi Arabia while maintaining the credibility of our arms licensing regime.’

The report adds: ‘UK should suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen until an independent and international inquiry can establish the truth.’ On Monday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson defended the arms sale, insisting that the UK would continue arming its feudal ally.

In fact, the UK supplied export licenses for over $4 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia last year. The largest export license granted was worth $2.48 billion of fighter jets agreed in May 2015. The UK also approved the export of $1.45 billion of air-to-air missiles to the Saudi regime in July 2015. In September, it further approved the sale of $90.5 million worth of bombs to Riyadh.

The truth is that the Saudi regime is acting as an imperialist gendarme in the Gulf, this is why it is being armed to the teeth. In fact, the Saudi need for more and more weapons is coinciding with a desperate internal crisis.

The Saudi absolutist regime has sought to ruin its rivals by crashing oil prices. It has in fact shot itself in both feet, with the collapse of oil prices, and is now crawling on all fours instead of walking.

Saudi Arabia is planning to abandon a third of its internal projects worth $20 billion. According to Bloomberg, thousands of projects worth $69 billion are being reviewed, which would impact transport, housing and healthcare. The feudal kingdom has been burning through $12-$15 billion per month from its financial reserves to fund government spending and its war in Yemen as well as proxy military ventures elsewhere in northern Iraq, Bahrain and Syria where it favours the anti-Assad, anti-Iraqi IS [ISIS] forces.

The British government not only supplies the arms that Saudi uses it is also guiding the Saudi military aggression in Yemen, and guiding the suppression of the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain, through the seconding of UK army and police cadres.

Now the UK is having a giant dock built in Bahrain to house two giant British aircraft carriers that are currently being constructed. The Royal Navy £1bn destroyer, the Daring, has been sent to join a fleet of US warships in the Gulf, where incidents and near misses with Iranian speed boats are taking place every week.

In the last few days the US military has claimed that an American warship patrolling in the central Persian Gulf changed its course after a speedboat operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) came within 100 yards (91 metres) of it.

In a similar development on August 25, Pentagon officials said Iranian speedboats had ‘harassed’ US warships in the Strait of Hormuz. They said Iranian boats sped close to two US Navy destroyers with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ encounter.

Saudi Arabia’s economy is in desperate crisis. Its military efforts in the Yemen are killing thousands with nothing to show for it, while its efforts to overthrow Assad have failed. The regime is preparing an even bigger leap into the dark to try to reverse its fortunes.

The mood of the Saudi autocrats was recently expressed by the Saudi Grand Mufti who declared that Iran’s leaders are not Muslims but Zoroastrians. This not just fighting talk, this is creating the ideological basis for a new and greater war in the Middle East in which the US, UK and Israel will be the major support of the Saudi autocrats against the masses of Iran, Syria, the Lebanon, Bahrain, Yemen and Palestine.

Workers in the UK must demand that its government stop arming the Saudis, that it withdraws all of its advisers from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain and that it immediately withdraws all of its military forces from the Gulf! The TUC at its Congress next week must make these demands and tell the Tories that if they do not withdraw from the Gulf, the TUC will start a campaign of industrial and political action to make them do so.

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