Saudi Arabia and its coalition gave al Qaeda, Salafi militias and other factions waging war in Yemen American-made military weapons, a violation of the U.S.-Saudi arms agreements, CNN reported Monday.
CNN reports that some of the weapons have also reportedly been captured by Iranian-backed rebels groups fighting the coalition in Yemen, meaning they may be reverse-engineered for intelligence.
A Department of Defense official confirmed to the news outlet that the U.S. is investigating the issue.
According to the Hill, “local commanders and analysts told CNN during its investigation that the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates use weapons given to them by the U.S. as currency to buy off factions and militias in the Yemeni conflict.”
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told The Hill on Wednesday that he expects to put a resolution on the House floor in the next month that would withdraw U.S. forces in or “affecting” Yemen, except troops fighting al Qaeda and associated forces. The Senate voted 56-41 in December to pass the resolution. However, the then-Republican controlled House blocked Yemen war powers resolutions from coming to the floor for a vote.
“This will be the first time in the history of this country since 1973 that we will successfully pass a war powers resolution through the Senate and through the House,” Khanna said.
Trump is unlikely to sign the war powers measure into law, given that he threatened to veto the Senate bill last year.