Yemen

Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2018

Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.

UN panel cites massive war crimes in US-backed war on Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2018

Washington has backed the slaughter as part of a region-wide offensive to weaken the influence of Iran and assert US hegemony over the Middle East.

US-backed Saudi air strikes massacre dozens of Yemeni children for second time in two weeks

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2018

A week before the latest massacre, CNN research revealed that the 500 pound bomb that killed 40 children on 9 August was produced by Lockheed Martin.

US complicit in air strike that murdered dozens of children in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2018

The slaughter of at least 43 children riding a bus is for Washington only a minor incident of “collateral damage” in its drive to war against Iran and hegemony over the Middle East.

Sixty dead, over 100 wounded in Saudi air strikes on Yemeni port city

By Alec Andersen, 4 August 2018

The willful bombing of a Hodeidah fish market and hospital by the US-backed Saudi-led coalition is the latest war crime in the near-genocidal onslaught on Yemen.

UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2018

The Amnesty report documents forced disappearances, torture and other crimes carried out by UAE forces as part of the US-backed war on Yemen.

Notes from the campaign trail

The impact of the US-backed war in Yemen on Michigan’s 12th district

By Niles Niemuth, 11 July 2018

The SEP’s congressional candidate has spoken to immigrant families on the issue of war and the impact of US imperialism on their lives.

Assault on port of Hodeidah resumes as US escalates Yemen intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2018

Fighting over the weekend killed at least 165 people in the US-backed offensive against the port city that serves as the only lifeline for three quarters of Yemen’s population.

Battle rages for Hodeidah as Yemen faces threat of mass starvation

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2018

With 8 million already on the brink of famine and 22 million dependent upon food aid, the paralysis of Hodeidah threatens to claim millions of lives.

The siege of Hodeidah, Washington’s war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2018

The near genocidal war against the impoverished people of Yemen represents one of the greatest war crimes since the end of World War II.

Deadly siege of Yemeni port of Hodeidah begins with Washington’s aid and approval

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2018

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Pentagon is working directly with Saudi and UAE forces in selecting targets in the Red Sea port city.

Washington considers direct intervention in siege of Yemeni port city

By Bill Van Auken, 5 June 2018

The Saudi-led and US-backed assault on the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah threatens to plunge millions more into famine.

Report exposes UK role in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen

By Barry Mason, 21 May 2018

The US, UK and other western countries have supported the Saudi intervention. Like Saudi Arabia, they regard the war against the Houthis as a proxy conflict with Iran.

US special forces operations in Yemen presage wider regional war

By Jordan Shilton, 5 May 2018

The secretive decision to deploy US special forces to Yemen last December underscores once again Washington’s reckless drive towards a regional conflagration with Iran.

Trudeau defends Canada’s $15 billion arms deal with despotic Saudi regime

By Laurent Lafrance, 2 May 2018

The Trudeau government is fully behind Washington’s efforts to construct an anti-Iranian alliance with Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi airstrike kills 33 at wedding in northern Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2018

With the full support of the US and its allies, Saudi Arabia has been waging an unrelenting war against Yemen for more than three years, killing thousands of civilians.

Trump boasts of arms deals, backs Saudi slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2018

The White House gave the Saudi regime unconditional support for its war in Yemen, while cementing the anti-Iranian alliance between Washington and Riyadh.

Over 700 Yemeni civilians killed and wounded by US-backed Saudi airstrikes in December

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2017

The savage intensification of the Saudi bombing campaign is a function of both Riyadh’s frustration over the stalemate in its war and the unstinting support of Washington.

Pentagon admits presence of US troops in Yemen as cholera cases top one million

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2017

Washington is deepening the catastrophe in Yemen as part of its war preparations against Iran, threatening the lives of millions.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's former dictator, killed in Sana’a

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2017

The death of Saleh, who ruled Yemen for three decades, appears to signal the failure of a Saudi-backed plot to overthrow the Houthi-led government.

US-backed Saudi blockade deprives 2.5 million Yemenis of clean water

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2017

The lack of clean water threatens to compound the worst cholera epidemic in modern history, even as millions confront famine.

US-backed Saudi war and blockade puts millions of lives at risk in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 18 November 2017

Nearly the entire population of Yemen, 20 million out of 28 million, are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

US-Saudi blockade threatens millions of famine deaths in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 November 2017

Washington and Riyadh have created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe with the three-year-old war against the poorest nation in the Arab world.

Yemen’s cholera outbreak surpasses 600,000

By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2017

The United Nations has described Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, the worst on the planet, as an “entirely man-made catastrophe,” the product of the US-backed Saudi war.

Saudi airstrike on motel in Yemen kills at least 41

By Niles Niemuth, 24 August 2017

The latest massacre came as the general responsible for US military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia visited the Saudi-Yemen border to review the US-backed war.

War in Yemen: Half a million stricken in cholera epidemic

By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2017

The epidemic, which has claimed more than 2,000 lives since April, is the result of the savage war being waged by Saudi Arabia in alliance with the United States.

Tenfold increase in cholera cases in Yemen since April

By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2017

The war waged against Yemen by the Saudi monarchy, supported extensively by the US government, has produced a social catastrophe that easily ranks among the worst war crimes in modern history.

US-backed war in Yemen sparks deadly cholera outbreak

By Niles Niemuth, 4 July 2017

An outbreak of cholera caused by the multi-year assault led by Saudi Arabia on the impoverished country has sickened a quarter million Yemenis and killed more than 1,500.

US, UAE operate network of torture chambers in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 27 June 2017

The brutal torture regime began during the Obama administration and continues under President Donald Trump.

US launches raid in Yemen as Trump concludes Middle East trip

By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2017

The US special forces raid on Yemen followed Trump’s massive arms deals with Saudi Arabia, which that will fuel the kingdom’s savage war against a population on the brink of starvation.

Yemenis dying of cholera as Trump meets with UAE ruler

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2017

The Trump administration is arming the UAE and Saudi Arabia to the teeth as the two regimes wage a savage war against the starving population of Yemen.

US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula

By Thomas Gaist, 24 April 2017

The American military is “war-gaming procedures to work in a famine-type environment,” according to AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser.

As Yemen war enters third year, Pentagon moves to escalate slaughter

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2017

The Trump administration is preparing for a potential direct US ground intervention in support of the Saudi regime’s savage war to further an agenda of confrontation with Iran.

Assault on boat off coast of Yemen kills over 40 Somali refugees

By Niles Niemuth, 18 March 2017

Friday’s assault highlights the historic humanitarian crisis which is engulfing a significant portion of the African continent and Middle East.

US drone strike kills two children in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2017

The murder by missile of the two young boys is part of a steady escalation of US atrocities in the impoverished Arab country.

US ramps up bombing campaign in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 6 March 2017

Now in its eighth year, the US war in Yemen was dramatically escalated last week with dozens of airstrikes over several days hitting targets purportedly affiliated with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Raid kills 30 civilians in Yemen, including eight-year-old daughter of US citizen assassinated by Obama

By Shelley Connor, 2 February 2017

Among the citizens killed was an eight-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was assassinated in a drone missile strike in 2011.

Dozens killed in Yemen in first US special forces raid under Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 30 January 2017

Reports indicate that at least 57 people were killed on Sunday in a raid in the central province of Baydah, including 16 civilians and one American soldier.

Sixty killed in new US-Saudi war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2016

At least 60 civilians were killed in the latest bombing raid, which comes on the heels of reports warning of mass starvation.

UN warns US-Saudi war threatens mass starvation in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2016

After 18 months of bombardment, the catastrophe unfolding in the poorest nation in the Middle East constitutes a war crime of historic proportions.

US launches missile strikes against Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2016

Without any debate, the American people are being dragged into an ever-widening war with catastrophic consequences.

Washington threatens military intervention in Yemen following reported missile attacks on US warship

By Barry Grey, 13 October 2016

The missile incidents follow a savage bombing carried out last Saturday by Saudi war planes on a packed funeral hall in Sanaa, killing at least 140 civilians.

Yemeni war intensifies following Saudi bombing of funeral

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2016

In all likelihood, the US knew of, and possibly even planned, last weekend’s air strikes by Saudi planes on Sanaa that killed over 140 people.

Thousands protest Saudi bombing that killed and wounded over 700 in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2016

The airstrike on a funeral hall in the capital of Sanaa is the worst in a long series of war crimes carried out with the backing of Washington.

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth condemns US-backed war in Yemen

19 August 2016

This statement was given in response to the ongoing assault on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, including the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital this week.

Saudi coalition airstrike on hospital in Yemen kills at least 11

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2016

Yesterday’s attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital is part of a deliberate campaign to terrorise the Houthi population.

US sells battle tanks to Saudi Arabia as it renews assault on Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2016

The latest weapons deal highlights the central role of American imperialism in organizing and facilitating the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

US Defense Department announces deployment of troops in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2016

US ground forces have been in Yemen for nearly two weeks as part of combat operations coordinated jointly by Washington and the Saudi-led alliance.

Saudi onslaught against Yemen continues amid official cease-fire

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2016

Yet another UN-brokered “cease-fire” in Yemen has failed to effect even a temporary halt to the violence that has left more than 6,000 Yemenis dead

One year since the launch of the US-backed war

Vast majority of Yemen population without reliable food, water and sanitation

By Thomas Gaist, 26 March 2016

Relentless bombing and ground operations by the Saudi-led Arab coalition have left more than 20 million Yemenis in dire need of humanitarian aid.

US airstrike kills 40 in Yemen

By Gabriel Black, 24 March 2016

The US airstrike on AQAP forces comes after a series of significant territorial gains by the jihadist militia throughout southern Yemen.

Yemen: Five medical staff dead in third bombing of Doctors Without Borders facilities

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2016

The US-supported Saudi coalition destroyed two separate MSF facilities during the final months of 2015, before deploying cluster bombs against residential areas in Sanaa during the first week of 2016.

Iran claims Saudis “deliberately” struck embassy in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2016

The accusations that Saudi jets attacked an Iranian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, come amid rising tensions that are pushing the Middle East to the brink of all-out war.

US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2016

The US government has helped coordinate the Saudi-led war against Yemen, which has already killed thousands of civilians and reduced large sections of the population to starvation.

US-backed Saudi war coalition shows “complete disregard” for civilian lives, MSF says

Saudi strikes destroy Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 29 October 2015

The US-backed Saudi war coalition has laid waste to civilian infrastructure across Yemen since launching “Operation Decisive Storm” in March

Saudi-led air strike on wedding party in Yemen kills at least 131

By Niles Williamson, 30 September 2015

The bloodbath near Mocha was the deadliest civilian massacre so far in the assault backed by the United States.

Yemen: A war crime made in America

By Niles Williamson, 21 September 2015

The six-month reign of death and destruction spearheaded by Saudi Arabia in Yemen would not be possible without the backing of American imperialism, which is seeking to assert its hegemony over the entire Middle East.

Obama’s war crimes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 15 September 2015

The blood of thousands of Yemenis is on the hands of the Obama administration, which has facilitated the Saudi monarchy’s onslaught.

Saudi-led coalition pours troops into Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2015

Thousands of foreign troops, including large contingents from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, are readying an assault on the capital, Sanaa.

Thousands of Saudi-led coalition troops invade Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 10 September 2015

The escalation of the bloody assault on Yemen follows a White House meeting last weekend between Saudi King Salman and Obama.

In wake of bloody factory bombing

Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for major US-backed ground offensive in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 1 September 2015

Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces.

Yemen faces humanitarian crisis as US-backed assault continues

By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015

Reports released this week document the devastating impact of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen, which has killed hundreds of children and limited access to food, water and medicine.

US-backed Saudi strikes in Yemen kill 120 civilians

By Thomas Gaist, 27 July 2015

Saudi war planes struck a workers’ quarters and a nearby agricultural facility in the city of Taiz late Friday night, killing at least 120 civilians, including women and children.

Saudi-backed militias capture key Yemen port city

By Thomas Gaist, 20 July 2015

The death toll from the nearly four month old US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen continues to mount, with at least 140 civilians killed in the past 10 days alone.

Dozens of civilians killed in US-backed airstrikes on markets in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 7 July 2015

The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, is in the fourth month of a campaign of daily airstrikes and an economic blockade against the poorest country in the Arab world.

Egyptian air force bombs Sinai after heavy clashes with ISIS affiliate

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2015

The strikes left at least 23 dead, one day after heavy fighting in the peninsula between government troops and Islamist forces killed some 120 people.

As cease-fire talks in Geneva collapse

Renewed Saudi-led bombardment kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni civilians

By Thomas Gaist, 22 June 2015

Saudi and Gulf forces pounded targets across Yemen over the weekend after negotiations between Saudi and Houthi leaders ended without any deal on Friday.

US drone strike in Yemen kills AQAP leader

By Thomas Gaist, 17 June 2015

The second US targeted assassination in as many days has brought AQAP under the control of a new leader with reported ties to the US-backed Saleh dictatorship.

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The Saudi-led air strikes have devastated Yemeni cities, and the blockade of Yemen’s ports has prevented the arrival of emergency relief supplies and basic goods.

Saudi-led coalition resume air strikes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 19 May 2015

The US-backed assault resumed Sunday after a five-day suspension of bombing allowed aid groups to fly in and distribute a limited amount of emergency humanitarian aid.

Yemen war rages on through first day of humanitarian “cease-fire”

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2015

From the beginning, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has been backed by the United States, which is determined to retain control over the geostrategically critical country.

Yemen rebels announce support for Saudi cease-fire plan

By Niles Williamson, 11 May 2015

The Houthi rebels announced on Sunday that they would cooperate with a five day cease-fire even as the US backed, Saudi-led coalition continued to carry out air strikes.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2015

The visit by Kerry underscored Washington’s reliance on the most tyrannical and blood-soaked regimes to pursue its predatory interests in the region.

US-backed Saudi forces dropped cluster bombs on Yemeni villages

By Thomas Gaist, 5 May 2015

The use of the illegal weapons was corroborated by video footage, photographs, and satellite imagery analyzed by Human Rights Watch.

Civilian casualties mount as Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 25 April 2015

Behind the backs of the American population, the Obama administration has given its full support to the bloody and illegal war being waged against the Houthis.

Saudi warplanes pound Yemen despite talk of ending aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2015

The Saudi monarchy has continued bombing Yemeni cities even as the US seeks to calibrate the killing.

Saudi-led coalition halts air assault in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 22 April 2015

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday after nearly a month of daily bombardments that it was winding up the US-backed air campaign against Houthi rebels.

Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

By Johannes Stern and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015

The massive refugee death toll in the Mediterranean is a grim form of collateral damage from the imperialist wars waged in the name of “human rights.”

US Navy deploys warships to intercept Iranian aid convoy off Yemen coast

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2015

The Pentagon ordered a fleet of warships, including the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, to the coast of Yemen Monday.

Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

UN imposes arms embargo on rebels as Yemen slaughter continues

By Niles Williamson, 15 April 2015

While the US has provided intelligence and logistical support to the Saudi coalition from the onset of the assault, it has been gradually increasing its involvement in the conflict.

Yemen slaughter escalates as regional powers exchange threats

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2015

US-backed and Saudi-led military forces bombarding Yemen “will soon take action on the ground,” a Saudi commander vowed this weekend.

Obama’s criminal war against Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2015

Washington is arming and directing a war by Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies against the poorest country in the Middle East.

US-backed assault creating humanitarian disaster in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 8 April 2015

The US-supported, Saudi-led bombardment has killed and maimed more than 100 children.

Preparing ground invasion of Yemen, Saudi military to raze some 100 border towns

By Thomas Gaist, 7 April 2015

Even before a ground campaign, the US-backed Saudi-led war against Yemen has produced hundreds of civilian casualties and growing social breakdown.

Saudi-led air war in Yemen enters second week

By Niles Williamson, 3 April 2015

Despite a week of US-backed air strikes by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, Shiite rebels seized control of a significant section of the southern port city of Aden.

Dozens killed in airstrike on dairy factory in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2015

Armed and supported by US imperialism, the coalition of Middle Eastern dictatorships headed by Saudi Arabia is bombing targets throughout Yemen.

UN warns of collapse in Yemen amid Saudi-led assault

By Niles Williamson, 1 April 2015

As the US-backed air war entered its sixth day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an end to the fighting.

Dozens of refugees killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 31 March 2015

Now in its sixth day, the Saudi-led, US-backed assault claimed the lives of at least forty people at a refugee camp in northern Yemen on Monday.

Turkish government supports Saudi-led coalition’s attacks on Yemen

By Halil Celik, 31 March 2015

In supporting Saudi-led strikes in Yemen and taking a tougher line against Iran, Ankara is reconciling itself to the interests of US imperialism and Saudi Arabia.

Arab League agrees to formation of regional army as Yemen assault expands

By Niles Williamson, 30 March 2015

Amidst an escalating Saudi-led, US-backed air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Arab League announced plans to establish a regional military force.

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

By Niles Williamson, 28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

US backs Saudi airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 26 March 2015

In addition to airstrikes on Houthi positions, Saudi Arabia has positioned heavy artillery on its southern border amid reports that Yemeni President Hadi has fled the advance of the rebels.

Houthi militia takes over Taiz as Yemen descends into civil war

By Niles Williamson, 23 March 2015

American imperialism bears the ultimate responsibility for the chaos that is now engulfing the impoverished Arab country, which is positioned next to a major oil transportation juncture.

Suicide bombings kill more than one hundred in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 21 March 2015

Amid an intensifying civil war, the Yemeni branch of ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks on two mosques in Sanaa.

US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 14 February 2015

Comments from the top UN official and US politicians suggest that escalated military intervention in Yemen is imminent.

US closes diplomatic facilities in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 12 February 2015

US Special Forces operations and drone strikes will continue despite the closure of the American embassy, according to statements from the Pentagon.

Shia insurgents disband US-backed Yemeni government

By Thomas Gaist, 10 February 2015

The Obama administration is currently considering means to maintain its control over the country, including by working with the Houthis or launching military operations.

Twelve-year-old boy among three people killed

US resumes drone strikes in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2015

The strike comes amid mounting indications that the US is preparing military escalations in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and numerous other countries.