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Bernie Sanders slams US support for ‘despotic’ Saudi Arabia in Yemen

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Bernie Sanders on Wednesday called for the US to end its support
for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen conflict.

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday slammed the US support for
    Saudi Arabia in the Yemen conflict.
  • “No more! Enough death. Enough killing. Enough
    destruction,” Sanders said.
  • The conflict in Yemen, a fight between Iran-backed Houthi
    rebels and a Saudi-led coalition, has claimed thousands of
    lives.
  • The Vermont senator also ripped into President Donald
    Trump for standing by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the
    killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday slammed US its support for Saudi
Arabia in the conflict in Yemen.

The independent Vermont senator said it was time for the US to
send a message to the world it will not “continue to support a
catastrophic war led by a despotic regime that has a dangerous,
destructive, and irresponsible” military policies. 

“No more! Enough death. Enough killing. Enough
destruction,” Sanders said. “The time is now to tell Saudi Arabia
that we are not committing to partner with them in this horrific
crisis.”

Sanders, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, is pushing
for the Senate to adopt a resolution ending US support for Saudi
Arabia in Yemen alongside Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy and
Republican Sen. Mike Lee.

The Senate was set to vote on the resolution later Wednesday.

Sanders in his remarks before the vote characterized the US’s
role in Yemen as “unconstitutional” given that Congress had not
weighed in on the matter. He said Congress had long “abdicated”
its responsibility regarding war powers as outlined in the US
Constitution, saying it was time for this to change. 


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The conflict in Yemen, a fight between Iran-backed Houthi rebels
and a Saudi-led coalition, has claimed thousands of lives. After
several years of fighting, the war has claimed
nearly 58,000 lives
, according to the Armed
Conflict Location and Event Data Project.
Famine and
disease have also been a byproduct of the war.

The US has provided military assistance to Saudi Arabia
throughout the conflict, primarily through arms sales and
logistical support. In August, a US-made bomb was dropped on a
school bus in Yemen, killing dozens of children. Sanders
mentioned the incident Wednesday as he decried US complicity in
the conflict. 


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children hit in airstrike

The Vermont senator also ripped into President Donald Trump
for standing by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the midst of
both the war and the ongoing controversy
over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, who was often critical of the crown prince and
the royal family in his writing, was killed in the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The CIA has reportedly
concluded with
“high confidence”
his killing was ordered by the crown
prince, but
Trump has continued to stand by the crown prince.

“President Trump rejected the findings of the CIA’s
assessment,” Sanders said. “Sadly, President Trump continues to
proclaim his love and affection for the Saudi regime.”

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