Where do you think the U.S. is currently at war?

Everyone knows about Afghanistan, the country we’ve been bombing for almost two decades.

However, the United States is also militarily active in Somalia, Pakistan, Syria, Libya and most notably, Yemen. Since 2015, it has been involved in a coalition led by Saudi Arabia that is fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The geopolitical circumstances of this war and the U.S. involvement are complicated and the Houthi rebels are guilty of many things, but the horrific crimes of our own coalition are clear:

According to the United Nations, roughly 10,000 civilians have been killed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015. Additionally, the coalition has cut off Yemen’s food supply and stifled humanitarian aid. What the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have created in Yemen is a crisis of terrifyingly devastating proportions.

This massacre was never authorized by Congress. Due to the extremely broad powers granted to the office of the executive after 9/11, then-President Barack Obama could send the U.S. into Yemen without congressional approval. Since then, the coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting civilians.


In a U.S.-backed strike in October of 2016, bombs fell on a funeral procession and killed 140 civilians. In an appalling display of indifference, the U.S. did not change anything about its participation in the coalition. Then in President Trump’s first counter-terrorism operation as president in January of 2017, 10 children under the age of 13 were killed by U.S. forces.

This raid wasn’t just an accidental drone strike, either; it was, according to former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, a “very, very well-thought-out” Navy SEAL mission.

The online publication Intercept spoke with people in the village that Trump’s raid was conducted in. Tragically, Trump’s raid killed 8-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki, the sister of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and granddaughter of Nasser al-Awlaki.

Abdulrahman and Nasser were both killed in 2011 by CIA drone strikes authorized by Obama. All three were innocent civilians, and all three had dual citizenship in Yemen and the United States.

Eighty percent of Yemen’s food supply must be imported, and Saudi Arabia has mercilessly blocked this food from entering the country. Seventeen million people are on the brink of starvation. Countless others have been vaporized by drone strikes as collateral damage. Families have been torn apart, their homes and sometimes their towns or cities totally devastated by this war.

Lack of basic medical supplies means diseases can easily take the lives of the weak, the elderly and the very young. Sixteen hundred children have been killed since the war began, but a cholera outbreak affecting over 1 million Yemenis threatens the lives of even more young children who don’t have access to basic health care.


Yemen’s civilians are forced to struggle at all times to survive starvation, disease and constant bombing.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a major proponent of authorizing war through Congress as the Constitution specified, said in April that “17 million people live on the edge of starvation because of the Saudi blockade and bombing campaign… we have no business in Yemen. We’ve not voted to go to war in Yemen.” Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, introduced a bill this year that would have forced “the first-ever vote in the Senate to withdraw U.S. armed forces from an unauthorized war.”

The vote failed, with 10 Democrats joining 45 Republicans in declining to end our involvement in the war. By continuing to participate in and fund the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the U.S. is complicit in the mass murder of countless innocents.

Only a few examples of the horrors that the Saudi-U.S. coalition has created could be listed in this article, but the list only grows every day as the war drags on.

The U.S. must cut off all funding to not only the war in Yemen, but also to the country that has blocked food and supplies from reaching the same civilians they’re ruthlessly bombing, Saudi Arabia.

We must work toward a peaceful solution and stop starving and murdering innocent civilians.

The people of Yemen have suffered long enough.

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