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Saudi war on Yemen
The Saudi War on Yemen is entering its third year. The war, which was initially supposed to last only several weeks, has turned into a nightmare for Saudi war planners. That’s because the onslaught has failed to achieve any of the goals the Saudis set like bringing their ally former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power. The onslaught has caused a humanitarian catastrophe and untold suffering. Amid mounting criticism, the Saudi leadership has heavily relied on diplomatic cover and military support from its Western allies. Washington has been the main backer of Riyadh. America has even been directly involved in the war. It’s been providing the Saudis with intelligence, mid-air refueling and logistical support among other forms of assistance. The United States has been under fire even at home for its involvement in the Yemen war.
Arms sales by western countries most notably the US have gained as much notoriety as Daesh terrorists have. That is the case at least in the Middle East. Arms imports to the region have boomed over the past five year. A study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI, says the imports have been fueled by wars and tensions in the regions. According to the study, in the period between 2013 and 2017, arms imports to the Middle East more than doubled, jumping by 103 percent compared with the previous five-year period. But arms exporters do not care about this. Their justification: the weapons continue being produced because there are buyers for them.
source: press tv