Enduring U.S. Support for Saudi-Led Operations in Yemen
Security Assistance Monitor, May 2021
Four months after the Biden Administration announced an end to U.S. support for offensive operations in Yemen, a new brief from the Security Assistance monitor examines what assistance has endured the change in policy.
Though the U.S. has ended some forms of support, including targeting assistance and air-to-air refueling for Saudi-coalition warplanes, the U.S. continues to provide essential services to Riyadh’s air force, including maintenance contracts that keep Saudi planes in the air. Support to the Saudi blockade, a driving factor in the near famine-like conditions in the country, is also of serious concern.
The support undercuts fervent efforts to reduce violence in Yemen, which has escalated in recent weeks, particularly in the strategically important province of Marib. The situation remains especially dire for civilians, who face not only indiscriminate attacks, but also severe shortages of food, medicine, and other essential goods.
In addition to the Issue Brief, SAM has also published a timeline of U.S. support to the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen, documenting the key events that have defined the ebb and flow of U.S. policy towards the conflict.
To read the issue brief, click here, and for the detailed timeline, click here.
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In February, the Biden Administration announced it was suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as well as other support to offensive operations in Yemen. For more information on U.S. support to the Saudi-led war in Yemen, take a look at our latest brief.