An investigation by CNN has revealed that Saudi Arabia and its allies, especially the United Arab Emirates, have transferred US-made weapons to al-Qaeda militias in Yemen.
The investigation also revealed that some of these weapons have also reached the hands of the Huthis, which would reveal sensitive details of some US military technology to Tehran, and potentially endanger the lives of US forces in other conflict areas, the network said.
The investigation pointed out that Saudi Arabia and the UAE used US weapons to buy the loyalty of the militias or Yemeni tribes, to influence the complex political scene, CNN quoted field commanders and analysts.
A Pentagon official said the Saudi-UAE-led coalition in the war on Yemen was breaking the terms of arms sales with the United States, and an investigation was underway.
The US network has already reported that US-made weapons have been used in a series of attacks by the Saudi coalition and have killed tens of civilians, many of them children.
The Associated Press reported in August that the Saudi-led coalition had concluded secret agreements with al-Qaeda fighters, paid them money to leave key areas and made agreements with them to join the alliance.
” Over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West,” the agency said.
” Here’s what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot. That’s because the coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment, and wads of looted cash.”
The Associated Press also revealed that the “deal” of the Saudi-UAE alliance with al-Qaeda also included an agreement with some of the organization’s fighters to join the alliance itself.
According to the US agency, these “compromises and alliances” between the coalition and al-Qaeda have allowed al-Qaeda to continue the ability to fight to this day and threatens to strengthen the most dangerous branch of “Al Qaeda”, which carried out the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The developments also come at a time when Congress is considering whether to end the support of the Donald Trump administration of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.