New evidence shows that military hardware that was shipped to US allies was distributed in violation of arms deals to militia groups, including separatists backed by the UAE. They are now using it to counter the Saudi-backed forces of the internationally recognized government, which are also armed with US weapons.
Following CNN's initial reporting, the Pentagon has stated that it has launched its own investigation into the unauthorized transfer of US weapons to Yemen. But for more than half a year, the situation on the ground only seems to have got worse.
Saudi-backed forces are once again in control of Aden and talks are underway to end the power struggle over the city, news agencies reported.
US lawmakers reacted indignantly to new CNN findings. One of them, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a frontrunner who became the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, said: "A report on US military equipment falling into the hands of our enemies is alarming. Two reports are deeply disturbing."
Warren said he intended to continue the findings with the Trump administration, adding: "The Defense and State Departments have not yet answered the questions I asked in February and I intend to follow up."
Termination of Arms Agreements
Working with local journalists, CNN managed to capture several ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles used by separatist militia groups led by the Southern Transitional Council (STC). ).
Like many other weapons that CNN identifies, it can be traced back to a $ 2.5 billion arms sales contract. between the US and the UAE in 2014. Like all arms deals, this agreement was bound by an end-user agreement that certifies the recipient – in this case, the UAE – as the end user of the weapon. This evidence shows that this agreement has been breached.
The interior of the vehicle is further proof of its origin. Its air conditioning system has a serial number from the US company Real Time Laboratories, which indicates that the part was manufactured at its Mississippi facility.
Asked if he knew if his technology was in the wrong hands in Yemen, Real Time Laboratories reported to CNN that they had delivered the product to BAE Systems in 2010 under a US government contract, but "could not comment what can the US government ultimately do with this vehicle. "
A spokesman for BAE Systems, which makes the Caiman MRAP vehicle, said the company complies with" all applicable export control laws and regulations in the countries in which we do, "and directed CNN to the Pentagon for an additional com PAH.
In response to new findings from CNN, the Pentagon's spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel. Carla Gleason said in September that a joint investigation by the State Department and the Ministry of Defense for the unauthorized transfer of weapons to Yemen remains "underway."
Driving into Battle
Analyzing social media hours of recent clashes in southern Yemen, CNN has identified numerous cases of use of US MRAP by police groups, many of which are fighting government forces.
One of the most famous is a group known as the Alwiyat al Amalqa or "giant brigade" – mainly salafis, or ultra-conservative Sunnis – a militia backed by the UAE. One of their videos shows a US MaxxPro MRAP vehicle allegedly driven into a convoy to join the separatists' battle against government forces in the south.
The Giants' crew did not respond to CNN's requests for comment. Earlier this year, a senior Emirati official told CNN that the Giants' brigade was "part of the Yemeni forces" and under "direct surveillance" of the UAE. But the brigade has already joined the separatists in their battle against the government.
In response to the latest evidence, an UAE official stated: "There have been no cases where US equipment has been used without the direct supervision of the UAE. Except for four vehicles that were captured by the enemy. "
The Government of Saudi Arabia did not respond to CNN's request for comment on this matter.
Not only was US weapons used directly against US allies in Yemen, but its presence also played on Iranian propaganda in the region. an example of this I saw footage broadcast on a pro-Lebanese channel showing that armored vehicles made by the US were being unloaded in a Yemeni port outside of UAE ships. It turned out that this footage was not recent, but the broadcast showed that the presence of amers
The Pentagon promises
With the spiraling of the conflict and the role of American weapons in its deterioration, it becomes clearer as the humanitarian crisis deepens with each passing day , The Pentagon promised to study how its military hardware ended up in the wrong hands
Speaking in a Senate hearing the day after CNN's initial February report, Gen. Joseph Wotel, then chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), said the military was "taking a closer look at the allegations."
was adamant that the United States "did not allow Saudi Arabia or the Emirates to transfer any of this equipment to other countries on site in Yemen."
In recent months, much effort has been made by US lawmakers to force President Trump to end US financial and military support for the war in Yemen.