Pentagon chief calls on Saudi crown prince to cease Yemen aggression


… from Press TV, Tehran

– First published … March 22, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called upon Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to find an “urgent” political solution to the devastating three-year-old conflict in neighboring Yemen, which has claimed the lives of thousands of people and left the impoverished nation’s infrastructure in ruins.

Mattis and bin Salman met at the Pentagon on Thursday as the de facto ruler of the Arab kingdom is on a tour of the United States, which began earlier this week with a White House visit.

“As you discussed with President (Donald) Trump on Tuesday, we must also reinvigorate urgent efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the civil war in Yemen and we support you in this regard,” the US defense secretary told his Saudi counterpart.

“We are going to end this war; that is the bottom line. And we are going to end it on positive terms for the people of Yemen but also security for the nations in the peninsula,” Mattis added.

The Saudi crown prince, speaking through a translator, told Mattis that cooperation between the Pentagon and Saudi Arabia has “improved tremendously” of late.

The remarks came only two days after the US Senate killed a bipartisan bid seeking to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s aerial bombardment campaign in Yemen.

Mattis had lobbied Congress to reject the bill, claiming that restrictions could increase civilian casualties in Yemen, jeopardize the so-called counter-terrorism cooperation between Washington and Riyadh, and “reduce” Washington’s “influence with the Saudis.”

About 14,000 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen in March 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million people are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there is a growing risk of famine and cholera there.

“After three years of conflict, conditions in Yemen are catastrophic,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27. He added, “People’s lives have continued unraveling. Conflict has escalated since November driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes.”

Ging further noted that cholera has infected 1.1 million people in Yemen since last April, and a new outbreak of diphtheria has occurred in the war-ravaged Arab country since 1982.

US OKs possible sale of TOW missiles to Saudi Arabia

Meanwhile, the US State Department said in a statement it had approved the potential sale of TOW 2B anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia.

The State Department said it had notified the US Congress of the possible military equipment sale, which is worth an estimated $670 million.

“This proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security objectives by improving the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic growth in the Middle East,” the statement said.


A report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) revealed earlier this month that the US has increased its arms sales by 25 percent over the past five years.

According to the SIPRI report, Saudi Arabia increased its arms purchases by 225 percent over the past five years, importing 98 percent of its weapons from the US and EU countries.

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  1. Mad Dog has been cruising around the Pentagram wearing brown lipstick forever. Applied an especially extra layer for MBS (More Bull Shite).

  2. I never in all my life expect to read the kind of rubbish coming from the mind of anyone so crazy as Mad Dog Mattis. This dude is looney beyond toons. Congress …well forget them, they only represent the interests of israel.
    Hypocrisy abounds in the swamp. with Mattis cajoling MBS about his war on Yemen all while providing him with more weapons to use against the Yemenis. As for Bolton, the moral defective, working within the ranks of the rest of the moral defectives including Pompeo and Haspel don’t expect anything near sanity to emerge from inside the swamp.
    The situation continues to worsen each and everyday as America rushes headlong to its own destruction. The troubling part of all this is that America may take the rest of the world with it.

  3. The Israelis are documented as introducing cholera into Palestinian wells. Horses for courses. There is more chance that this happened than that Russia poisined two of their own citizens in the UK shortly before the World Cup Soccer. I come from a family of bookmakers, not gamblers and setting the odds requires a certain dispassionate objectivity.

  4. “Meanwhile, the US State Department said in a statement it had approved the potential sale of TOW 2B anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia.”

    And US officials pretend not to know how these weapons systems end up in the hands of terrorists…

  5. Conflicting messages, and it stinks. 6,500 missiles does not sound like ‘positive terms” for Yemen.
    Now Bolton comes in, .. the smell gets worse. They are trading optimism for punches in the face.

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