US weighs expanding military role in Yemen war
7 June, 2018The Trump administration is weighing an appeal from the United Arab Emirates for direct US support to seize Yemen's main port for humanitarian aid from Iranian-backed Houthi fighters, according to US officials - a move they worry could have catastrophic effects on the country. First reported by the Wall Street Journal, the move would expand US involvement in the brutal civil war that has been raging since 2014.Experts have called the ongoing war the world's “largest humanitarian crisis”, with millions facing starvation, lack of access to clean water, and a cholera outbreak that likely involves more than 1m people.In 2015, the Saudi-led military coalition entered the fight and has received several types of aid from the US government, including logistics, arms and intelligence support. But that has not gone without pushback from members of Congress. Last year, representatives passed a nonbinding resolution that dubbed military involvement in the civil war unauthorised. But the Senate blocked a resolution that would have ended military support for the campaign.