Senate's Yemen war measure rebukes Trump, rewards Murphy


The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a resolution that would end United States involvement in the Saudi-led coalition's brutal war in Yemen, countering President Donald Trump's support for the controversial conflict.

The Yemen War Powers resolution will now head back to the House of Representatives, the final roadblock before the measure reaches President Donald Trump's desk.

A Yemeni soldier is pictured near a poster portraying Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi outside a hospital renovated by Saudi Arabia in Aden, Yemen December 13, 2018.

Trump's support for Saudi Arabia has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of US -based activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi past year.

Mr Trump has vowed to veto the resolution should it pass through the Democrat-led Congress.

No presidential military commitment has ever been ended by vote of Congress under the War Powers Resolution. Now, the US provides logistics intelligence support, which officials say chiefly helps limit civilian casualties. "By remaining engaged, the USA retains influence over the coalition's actions in Yemen and can continue to press for an end to the conflict". Mike Lee, R- Utah.

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., defended USA involvement, describing it as "intelligence support that helps construct no strike lists that enable humanitarian efforts and protect humanitarian aid workers", and "not the tip of the spear". Next, it will move to the Democratic-controlled House, where it is expected to pass.

The Senate vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans defying the president and aligning with Democrats.

In this February 12, 2018, photo, Saudi-led coalition forces are seen in Yemen.

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In a Senate floor speech ahead of the vote, Sanders said that Congress is reclaiming its constitutional war powers to end America's complicity in a humanitarian crisis.

Trump's support for Saudi Arabia has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi past year.

Some also contended that stopping US support would help Iran, and potentially prolong the conflict by ending Washington's ability to influence Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a partner in the conflict, to pursue a sustainable political settlement.

"By defining "hostilities" to include defense cooperation such as aerial refueling", the statement said, the Yemen resolution could also "establish bad precedent for future legislation".

Romney said the USA now provides limited support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, including intelligence-sharing and advice on compliance with the laws of war.

"We need to stay engaged with the limited engagement that we have", said Senator Jim Risch, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

It is the second time the Senate has approved a measure that would curb US military involvement in Yemen.

"This Senate vote moves us one step closer to ending USA support for the catastrophic war in Yemen, a war that makes America complicit in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world", Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, said in astatement.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., also voted for the resolution.