Dec 14, 2018 07:11 UTC
  • American military support for Saudi-led Yemen war must stop: US Senate

The US Senate has voted to stop US armed forces from supporting Saudi Arabia in its military aggression against its impoverished southern neighbor, Yemen.

According to Press TV, the historic bipartisan vote on Thursday, for the first time, invoked Congress' war powers to challenge US military involvement abroad despite the Trump administration's unwavering support for the Saudi regime in its aggression against Yemen. 

The 56-to-41 vote by the Democrats and some Republicans was both a condemnation of the Saudi-led war on Yemen – which has martyred thousands of civilians and created a humanitarian crisis – and another rebuke to US President Donald Trump for his all-out support for the Saudi regime and its disgraced de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman --known by media as MbS -- who ordered the murder of US-based dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A half-dozen Republican senators joined all the chamber's Democrats in passing the unprecedented resolution against Trump. 

Republicans senators disagreeing with the move all cast no votes.

The vote approved a resolution that will require US forces to stop providing US intelligence, targeting assistance in bombing, and other military support to the Saudi-led campaign against the Yemeni nation. 

Some analysts described the resolution as a direct challenge to Trump by Senate.

Proponents of the resolution maintain that US forces involvement in the Yemen war was unauthorized, unconstitutional and immoral. 

The motion was sponsored by Sanders, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and conservative Sen. Mike Lee, of Utah.

“It is Congress, not the president, that has the power to send our men and women into war,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders as the Senate opened debate on Wednesday.

The Vermont independent Senator, who championed US withdrawal, said Congress had abdicated that responsibility for decades.

Sanders described the vote as a message to Riyadh. “Today we tell the despotic regime in Saudi Arabia that we will not be a part of their military adventurism.”

Senators also unanimously approved a separate nonbinding resolution naming Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, as responsible for Khashoggi's murder.

The Washington Post columnist was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 by a team of Saudi operatives, many of whom have been tied to the crown prince.

The resolution, introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, calls on the Saudi regime “to ensure appropriate accountability for all those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder” and urges the kingdom to “moderate its increasingly erratic foreign policy,” among other steps. 

Corker said the measure would put Congress on record as holding the crown prince responsible for Khashoggi's murder.