US President Joe Biden will announced on February 4 an end to US support for the Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen, the president’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan told a news briefing.
Sullivan noted that the new policy will not extend to offensive operations taken by the US against Al Qaeda’s affiliate in the Arab Peninsula.
“It [the policy] does not extend to actions against AQAP, which are actions we undertake in service of protecting the homeland and protecting American interests in the region and allies and partners,” CNBC quoted Sullivan as saying.
The move would fulfill a campaign pledge by Biden. Recent reports revealed plans by top aides of Biden to pursue diplomacy to end the conflict in Yemen.
The US military has been supporting Saudi-led operations against the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen since day one. The Kingdom and its allies received intelligence and logistic support from the US.
It remains unclear if the Biden administration will also terminate arms deals to Saudi Arabia and its allies. Last month, the US imposed a temporary freeze on billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
As for now, Saudi-led military operations in Yemen are still in full force. A number of airstrikes and ceasefire violations were reported in the last 24 hours.
- The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 209 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours.
- On February 3, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrike on the Haradh area.
- On February 3, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrike on the Zaher area.
- On February 3, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrike on the Boqa’ area.
The end of US support could force Saudi Arabia and its allies into rethinking their war on Yemen. However, it is still too early to assume that Washington will stick to its promises.
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