Defying Trump, Senate votes to end US support for Yemen war

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In what is seen as a firm rebuke to US President Donald Trump, the US Senate has voted to end the country's involvement in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but they are poised to do just that in the bid to cut off US support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. A House vote is expected soon, which would throw the issue to the president who has promised a veto. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and Sen.

The measure was put to vote under the War Powers Act, which allows the resolution to be fast-tracked through US Congress.

Wednesday's resolution will be considered in the now Democrat-led House of Representatives. They were: Lee, Susan Collins of Maine, Steve Daines of Montana, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana.

The US, a longtime ally of Saudi Arabia, quietly began supporting the Saudi-led coalition in 2016, providing it with intelligence, weapons sales and air refueling support for planes operated by both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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"The United States Congress is going to reassert its constitutional responsibility over issues of war that have been abdicated for presidents, Democrats and Republicans, for too many years", Sanders said.

The White House has threatened a veto, calling the measure "flawed" and saying it would harm bilateral relationships in the region and hurt Washington's ability to fight extremism.

The measure demands Trump "remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen within 30 days".

The World Health Organization says about 10,000 people have been killed in the war between forces loyal to the Yemeni government, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.

The split between the Trump administration and Congress on Saudi Arabia has become more obvious in the wake of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of usa forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

"Most of the advocacy around this war in the USA has focused on what we want the stop doing - refuelling, selling arms, blocking Security Council actions, etc. ..."

The US Senate approved SJ Res 7 on Wednesday that calls for the removal of US military from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen.

The Senate passed a similar resolution previous year in the wake of the Khashoggi murder, but it did not receive a vote in the GOP-led House. Five years of fighting has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis in the country.

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