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U.S. Speeds Weapons Deliveries to Saudi Arabia for Yemen Campaign

HeadlineApr 08, 2015

The United States is expediting weapons shipments to aid Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken made the announcement during a visit to the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken: “Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message to the Houthis and their allies that they cannot overrun Yemen by force. In support of that effort, we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation center.”

The Pentagon is warning al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has “seized the opportunity” and made “direct gains on the ground” as a result of Yemen’s internal violence. AQAP fighters reportedly seized a border post near Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned that more than 100,000 people have been displaced since Saudi airstrikes began last month.

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