On Friday, a new bundle of documents was released by WikiLeaks which suggests that the U.S. funded, trained and armed Yemeni soldiers in the escalation of the nation’s present civil war.
The 500 files that were reportedly obtained from the U.S. embassy in Sana, Yemen, confirm that the U.S. gave the Yemeni government the needed training, weaponry, and equipment.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 25, 2016
It is said that the estimated cost of the whole supply cost around $147 million.
“The United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself,” said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the web page.
Labeled the “Yemen Files,” the dump includes around 200 emails and 300 PDFs with a time span from 2009-2015, including both the terms in office of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as Secretary of State.
Obama’s government has made 42 different weapons deals with Yemen since 2009, which are estimated to have cost $115 billion, according to a September report from the Center for International Policy.
With Yemen sitting at an important “narrow choke point” for oil trade passing through the Middle East, the war in Yemen was largely strategic, Wikileaks said.
According to WikiLeaks, due to Yemen’s narrow location of congestion for oil trade in the Near East, the war that broke there was of major strategic importance.
Julian Assange made an announcement regarding the Friday document dump.
“The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally displaced persons,” said Assange. “Although the United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself, reportage on the war in English is conspicuously rare.”