Senate snubs Trump with bill to end U.S. role in Yemen war

Nov 29, 2018, 5:00 AM EST
(Source: Felton Davis/flickr)
(Source: Felton Davis/flickr)

The U.S. Senate, miffed at being denied a C.I.A. briefing over the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pushed a bipartisan motion on Wednesday, to end U.S. military support to a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

The motion was taken forward with 63-37 votes, marking a major snub to President Donald Trump, who has dragged his feet over taking any harsh measures against the Saudi regime for the egregious murder of Khashoggi, writes the BBC.

The vote puts an unprecedented pressure on the security ties between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, reports The Washington Post. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that an American drawdown in Yemen could pose a threat to U.S. interests, offer an opportunity for ISIS and al-Qaeda to regain lost ground, complicate negotiations to secure a ceasefire and eventually worsen the humanitarian crisis in the country. 

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