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Sat Aug 20, 2016, 10:12 AM

 

US cuts military advisers to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

RIYADH: The U.S. military has slashed the number of intelligence advisers directly supporting the Saudi-led coalition's air war in Yemen, the U.S. Navy said Saturday, after concerns over civilian casualties.

The reassignment of personnel, around June, occurred because "there was not the same sort of requests coming in for assistance" from the Saudis, Fifth Fleet spokesman Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey told AFP from Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia has faced repeated criticism from rights groups over civilian casualties in its 17-month campaign against rebels in Yemen.

U.S. officials have regularly urged their major Middle East ally to avoid harming non-combatants in Yemen.

But McConnaughey said the U.S. reassignment of personnel does not affect their ability to support the Saudis and is a more efficient allocation of resources.

"That's the main reason behind it, and it's based on the amount of requests that we receive from the Saudis."

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https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Aug-20/368122-us-cuts-military-advisers-to-saudi-led-coalition-in-yemen-us-navy.ashx

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