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About "Yemen (AFF)"
Summary: The US supplies billions of dollars’ worth of arms for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to prosecute a terrible war in Yemen. The war is counterproductive to US interests and terrible in its catastrophic humanitarian impacts. About eight years ago, Yemen underwent a political transition and changed presidents. But although this move was supposed to provide stability, the aftermath was plagued with multiple issues and divided loyalties, leading to civil war as some Yemenis supported the previous president while others supported the current one. After taking interest in the outcome of the civil war in 2015, Saudi Arabia began bombing the rebels with support from the United States and the UAE. The US and Saudis support the official government and oppose the rebels in large part because the rebels are supported by Iran (and the Saudis hate Iran even more than the US does). Meanwhile, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State are taking advantage of the chaos to seize territory and carry out attacks. In addition, Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the war is taking its toll on Yemen citizens, with massive human rights violations, homelessness, hunger and suffering. Not only is the war itself bad, but US weapons are leaking out from our allies to bad guys who will use them against us later.
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