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Bill supporting troop withdrawal from Yemen passes Senate vote

Bill supporting troop withdrawal from Yemen passes Senate vote

The rebuff to President Trump comes in the wake of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident.

The Senate vote on the resolution, which could come later Wednesday, is not likely to be binding on President Donald Trump but would amount to a rebuke of his policies.

Initially unmoved by the suffering of millions of Yemeni children, it appears that it was the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi - "someone who was known to people in the elite circles in Washington, DC" - that sparked the Senate's indignation, Benjamin said.

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Khashoggi, a United States resident and Washington Post columnist, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents certifying he had divorced his wife so he could remarry. He has in the past defended the U.S. -Saudi relationship in crucial votes, but upon leaving the briefing, he told reporters he would vote to advance the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution.

The Senate on Wednesday advanced a resolution that would end USA military support for the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

An Argentinian prosecutor has taken up the case against Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity, including the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In the face of that, Congress is set to vote on a war powers resolution this week, which would withdraw US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and is considering sanctions or other penalties for the kingdom.

A Senate resolution that would end U.S. support for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen may be using humanitarian concerns as a pretext to dethrone Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, analysts say.

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"I haven't heard directly from the anyone in the White House with a commitment that we will be briefed by the CIA Director but I think the message was heard clearly and my expectation is that they'll now reconsider their options", Coons said.

Lawmakers from both parties have signaled they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of writer and activist Jamal Khashoggi.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said that pulling American military support in Yemen and weapons sales to partners would be misguided. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 63 to 37 to advance a bipartisan resolution on halting US support for Saudi forces in Yemen.

"There's ways that the administration, even rhetorically, can help change the dynamic", Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said shortly before the vote.

At the same time, Ottawa continued to call for "a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances" surrounding Khashoggi's murder, saying that "the explanations offered to date by Saudi Arabia lack consistency and credibility".

Bin Salman will be among the world leaders gathering for the G20 and few want to be seen shaking hands with the Saudi crown prince.

FILE - In this February 12, 2018, file, photo, Saudi-led coalition backed forces petrol, Mocha, Yemen. "Every sort of SecDef or ComISAF or Centcom commander will say, we need to keep my war, because I have a new idea for it. ..."

Yet, MBS could not evade from protests of Tunisian people over the killing of Khashoggi nor worldwide scrutiny that criticize his attendance to G20 summit.

On "The Daily Briefing" Wednesday, Sen. "Their listing also renders them inadmissible to Canada pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act".


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