Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Watch State Dept Kirby shove own foot in mouth - Any difference airstrikes Yemen & Aleppo
John Kirby, State Department Spokesperson.
U.S. Department of State - Daily Briefing: Oct.11.2016
Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzXkI...
BLAST 'SO VILE" IT COULD ALTER WAR IN YEMEN - 10 Oct - (excerpt) The carnage in the heart of the capital could hamper any return to talks aimed at ending the conflict, while galvanizing support in northern Yemen for military escalation against Saudi Arabia, Ms. Alley said.
The United States will conduct “an immediate review” of its support for the Saudi-led coalition, with possible adjustments “to better align with U.S. principles, values and interests,” according to a statement from Ned Price, the National Security Council spokesman.
“U.S. security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check,” Mr. Price’s statement said. “Even as we assist Saudi Arabia regarding the defense of their territorial integrity, we have and will continue to express our serious concerns about the conflict in Yemen and how it has been waged.”
Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke by phone on Sunday with top Saudi officials and called for an immediate “cessation of hostilities,” the State Department said in a statement. Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi deputy crown prince, said his government was prepared to “institute a renewable 72-hour cessation as soon as possible, provided the Houthis will agree,” the State Department added.
Initially, Saudi Arabia denied that jets from its coalition had been involved in the attack. But in a statement on Sunday, the Saudis announced an investigation into “reports about the regrettable and painful bombing.”
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Andrew Cockburn on U.S. role in Yemen