31 May '16, 5am

Report: White House Suspends Cluster Bomb Transfers to Saudi Arabia ~via Defense Talk

Report: White House Suspends Cluster Bomb Transfers to Saudi Arabia ~via Defense Talk

A leading U.S.-based foreign policy journal says the White House has quietly suspended the transfer of cluster bombs to ally Saudi Arabia, in response to the Sunni kingdom’s aerial war against Shi’ite rebels in Yemen. Foreign Policy magazine, in a news story published Friday, quoted an unnamed senior U.S. official as saying a hold was placed on such shipments following reports that the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels used the controversial munitions in civilian areas. More than 100 nations have signed a 2008 treaty banning the munitions, which are known for striking targets as duds, only to explode and maim civilians months or years later. Major cluster bomb manufacturing countries, including the United States, China and Russia, have not signed the agreement. The U.S. move comes just weeks after the rights organization Human Rights Watch published a report detai...

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