A Saudi soldier fires a mortar towards Houthi movement position, at the Saudi border with Yemen April 21, 2015 [Image: Reuters/Stringer].

Oh dear. If this is what the US is doing, what does it say about the UK, which is still merrily selling to Saudi Arabia on the ‘Boris Johnson’ principle: “If we don’t, someone else will”?

The United States has decided to limit military support to Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties and will halt a planned arms sale to the kingdom, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The United States will also revamp future training of the kingdom’s air force to focus on improving Saudi targeting practices, a persistent source of concern for Washington.

The decision reflects deep frustration within President Barack Obama’s government over Saudi Arabia’s practices in Yemen’s 20-month-old war, which has killed more than 10,000 people and sparked humanitarian crises, including chronic food shortages, in the poorest country in the Middle East.

Source: U.S. to halt some arms sales to Saudi, citing civilian deaths in Yemen campaign | Reuters

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