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Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other factions waging war in Yemen, in violation of their agreements with the United States, a @CNN CNN investigation.edition.cnn.com/interactive/20…
@CNN Once the intellectual heart of the country, #Taiz is now a tinder box that set off a war within a war last year, when the various militias backed by the Saudi-led coalition turned their guns on each other.

@CNN Amid the chaos of the broader war, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) made its way to the frontlines in Taiz in 2015, forging advantageous alliances with the pro-Saudi militias they fought alongside.

@CNN One of those militias linked to AQAP, the Abu Abbas brigade, now possesses US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, paraded in a 2015 show of force through the city.

@CNN Abu Abbas, the founder, was declared a terrorist by the US in 2017, but the group still enjoys support from the Saudi coalition and was absorbed into the coalition-supported 35th Brigade of the Yemeni army.

@CNN Local officials confirmed that the airdrop happened, but CNN's attempts to conduct further interviews were blocked and the team was intimidated by the local government. A local activist joked that the weapons had probably been sold on.

@CNN Graveyard of US military hardware

At a graveyard of discarded US-made military hardware near the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah, it becomes clear that the Alwiyat al Amalqa -- the Giants Brigade, a predominantly Salafi,

@CNN or ultra-conservative Sunni, militia -- is a favored faction.

The #Saudi coalition did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A senior #UAE official denied “in no uncertain terms that we are in violation of end-user agreements in any manner.”

@CNN The #US Department of Defense, when asked specifically about the Giants Brigades, said it had not given #Saudi Arabia or the #UAE permission to hand over US weaponry to other factions on the ground.
@CNN But it's already too late.

In September 2017, a Houthi-run TV channel broadcast images of Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the de facto rebel leader, proudly sitting behind the wheel of a captured US-made MRAP in the capital Sanaa, as a crowd chanted "death to America" in the background.
@CNN Watch #US armored vehicles roam the streets of Sana'a

@CNN CNN obtained an image showing the serial numbers of a second American MRAP in the hands of another senior Houthi official last year in #Hodeidah. The photo was first published by #Yemeni journalist Hussain al Bukhaiti, the official’s brother.

@CNN MRAPs like these, captured on the battlefield, have been probed by Iranian intelligence, according to a member of a secret Houthi unit backed by Iran known as the Preventative Security Force. The unit oversees the transfer of military technology to and from Tehran.
@CNN "Iranian intelligence are assessing #US military technology very closely," the source said in an audio interview done from #Sanaa. "Listen, there isn't a single #American weapon that they don't try to find out its details, what it's made of, how it works."

The serial numbers
@CNN The serial numbers of one MRAP captured by Houthi forces trace the vehicle back to a $2.5 billion US arms sale to the #UAE in 2014.
@CNN (@CNN)The top United States military commander in the Middle East suggested Tuesday that #America would continue to back its allies waging war in #Yemen, despite new evidence of arms deal violations uncovered by a CNN investigation.

@CNN Votel said the military was "looking more closely at the allegations" in CNN's report, published Monday, which revealed that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had transferred US-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias,
@CNN and other groups on the ground.
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