US increases weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia
Iran Press TV
Wed Apr 8, 2015 1:34PM
The United States has increased its military assistance to Saudi Arabia, extending its participation in the ongoing Saudi-led aggression against Yemen.
US Army Colonel Steve Warren said on Tuesday that Washington increased weapons supplies, including ammunition and bombs, to assist the Saudi-led countries that are fighting against the Ansarullah Houthi revolutionaries who are seeking to oust terrorist groups from the country.
"It's a combination of pre-existing orders to our partners and some new requirements," Warren said, describing the arms shipments.
In addition to the arms shipments, a number of US forces assigned in a mission in Saudi Arabia to oversee the air campaign against the revolutionaries in Yemen, according to Warren.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken also declared earlier that the Pentagon increased its intelligence exchanges with Riyadh.
Citing military sources, Russian media reported that the US Navy joined the airstrikes against Yemen on Monday and American warships participated in the airstrikes on Yemen's capital, Sana'a.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
The revolutionaries say Hadi, who is now in Riyadh, lost his legitimacy as president of Yemen after he fled the capital to Aden in February.
More than 540 people have been killed and thousands have been injured in the beleaguered country since the military conflict began, according to the World Health Organization.
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