Saudi coali­tion ends U.S. re­fu­el­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing in Ye­men said early Satur­day it had “re­quested ces­sa­tion of in­flight re­fu­el­ing” by the U.S. for its fighter jets af­ter Amer­i­can of­fi­cials said they would stop the op­er­a­tions amid grow­ing anger over civil­ian ca­su­al­ties from the king­dom’s airstrikes.

The de­ci­sion by the U.S. to pull out also comes amid out­rage by U.S. law­mak­ers from both po­lit­i­cal par­ties over the Oct. 2 killing of Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist Ja­mal Khashoggi at the Saudi Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul.

The Saudi ac­knowl­edge­ment, and later U.S. com­ments, ap­peared aimed at sug­gest­ing the king­dom was be­hind the de­ci­sion. Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, who launched the Ye­men war as the king­dom’s de­fense min­is­ter in March 2015, faces wide­spread in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism for the war and af­ter mem­bers of his en­tourage al­legedly took part in Khashoggi’s slay­ing.

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