US agrees to refuel Saudi Arabian warplanes bombing Yemen
Iran Press TV
Tue Apr 7, 2015 3:40PM
The United States is getting more involved in the Saudi-led aggression of Yemen by accepting to perform aerial refueling for Saudi-led warplanes.
A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, told reporters on Monday that Washington has authorized aerial refueling to help bombers from Saudi Arabia and its allies against Yemen.
'It's authorized, it's approved. The assets are in place. Thus far the Saudis, or any other participating nation, simply haven't requested it,' Warren said.
Warren stated that air refueling operations would not take place over Yemen itself but over Saudi Arabia or other Persian Gulf Arab states.
According to the official, a number of US personnel are currently working in a joint operation center run by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.
He also admitted that Washington is providing "situational intelligence" to the Saudi-led forces.
"We're not providing targeting intelligence (for airstrikes), but we're providing more broadly situational intelligence," Warren said.
This is while the Saudi attacks against Yemen's civilians and infrastructure have fueled anti-Saudi sentiments in the country and elsewhere in the Middle East and the world.
Saudi Arabia's military aggression against Yemen started on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Hundreds of civilians, including women and children, have been killed in the Saudi airborne attacks against Yemen.
The Ansarullah fighters took control of the Yemeni capital in September 2014 and are currently moving southward. The revolutionaries said Hadi's government was incapable of properly running the country and containing the growing wave of corruption and terror.
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