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US De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis said the US govern­ment was con­sulted on the de­ci­sion and that Wash­ing­ton sup­ported the move while con­tin­u­ing to work with the al­liance to min­imise civil­ian ca­su­al­ties and ex­pand hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts.

Any co-or­di­nated de­ci­sion by Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh could be an at­tempt to fore­stall ac­tion threat­ened in Congress next week by law­mak­ers over re­fu­elling op­er­a­tions.

How­ever, a halt to re­fu­elling could have lit­tle prac­ti­cal ef­fect on the con­flict, seen as a proxy war be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Iran. Only a fifth of coali­tion air­craft re­quire in-air re­fu­elling from the United States, US of­fi­cials said.

The Sunni Mus­lim al­liance led by Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE has re­cently

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