US House Passes Resolution to End Involvement in Yemen War

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 14, 2019

House lawmakers are set to vote on a on a proposed bill to end US involvement in the proxy war in Yemen.

President Trump is expected to veto the bill if it passes after White House officials have claimed the US does not have military presence in Yemen and the matter is not a subject to congressional vote.

The US House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling for the withdrawal of US armed forces from Yemen and ending support for the Saudi-led coalition's campaign in the country.

The Democratic-led House on Wednesday voted 248 to 177 to approve the measure, which will now go to the Senate.

A previous version of the resolution passed the Senate by 56-41 in December.

If the resolution is not vetoed, it would effectively put an end to United States military role in Yemen. While there are no official numbers, the U.S. is known to have troops on the ground in the war-torn country, mainly to fight Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Since 2015, the administration says, the US has provided support to the coalition, including intelligence and, until recently, aerial refueling, but it has not had forces involved in "hostilities".

Only 18 of Trump's fellow Republicans in the House joined 230 Democrats in supporting the resolution seeking to stop the US military from any hostilities in or affecting Yemen, including refueling aircraft conducting missions in the Yemen civil war, without authorization from Congress.

Democrats and Republicans reintroduced the war powers resolution two weeks ago as a way to send a strong message to Riyadh about the humanitarian disaster in Yemen and condemn the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "The House is trying to assert dominance over the U.S. -Saudi relationship, and the war in Yemen is a low-hanging fruit to fuel that effort" he said.

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