CNN ADMITS: SAUDI ARABIA SUPPLIES WEAPONS TO AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

CNN ADMITS: SAUDI ARABIA SUPPLIES WEAPONS TO AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN

The Saudi-led coalition provided US-made weapons to al-Qaeda-linked fighters, Salafi militias and other factions taking part in the intervention in Yemen, in violation with their agreements with the US, according to a CNN investigation.

The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels battling the coalition for control of the country, exposing some of America’s sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other conflict zones,” CNN reported.

According to the investigation, Saudi Arabia and the UAE used the US-made weapons to buy the loyalties of militias or tribes, bolster chosen armed actors, and influence the complex political landscape.

However, by handing off the military equipment to third parties, the Saudi-led coalition is in breach of its agreements with the US, according to the US Department of Defense.

CNN correspondents went to Yemen’s Taiz, to “shop” at the local weapon shops, asking if they have any US weapons.

In an arms market, CNN asked: “Do you have American guns here?” CNN asked. “The American guns are expensive and sought after,” the weapons trader replied.

One of those militias linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Abu Abbas brigade, possesses US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, paraded in a 2015 show of force through the city.

Abu Abbas, the founder, was declared a terrorist by the US in 2017, but the group still enjoys support from the Saudi coalition and was absorbed into the coalition-supported 35th Brigade of the Yemeni army.

Oshkosh Defense strictly follows all US laws and regulations relating to export control,” the firm told CNN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That old statement "the enemy of my enemy is my friend", only goes so far, and apparently, no one from the Pentagon was looking at these deals when they went down.

But what amazes me, was that it was a CNN team doing the reporting; one has to wonder if this lone story was a bid for sympathy, in light of the reality that they lost their "credibility battle" years ago.

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