US-Coordinated Saudi Bombers Using Banned, US-Made Cluster Bombs In Yemen
By Robert Barsocchini
04 May, 2015
An expended BLU-108 canister from a CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon found in the al-Amar area of al-Safraa, Saada governorate, in northern Yemen on April 17, 2015. © 2015 Private
Now we know what has become of the thousands of banned cluster bombs Obama shipped to Saudi Arabia in 2013.US-based group Human Rights Watch said in a statement "Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used Cluster Munitions" -
Credible evidence indicates that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen…
US-coordinated and assisted Wahhabi bombings using cluster and other weapons “have been hitting areas near villages” HRW said, adding that cluster bombs:
…should never be used under any circumstances. Saudi Arabia and other coalition members – and the supplier, the US – are flouting the global standard that rejects cluster munitions because of their long-term threat to civilians.
Violating international norms, Obama shipped the Sharia dictatorship almost 1 billion dollars worth of banned cluster bombs in August, 2013:
Foreign Policy journal, August 2013: US Shipping Thousands of Cluster Bombs to Saudis, Despite Global Ban
This was in addition to a 60 billion dollar lethal weapons sale Obama made to the Saudi dictatorship in 2010 to help it wage offensive operations throughout the region as a US proxy. Though the US was already the world’s biggest arms trafficker, this was the biggest arms sale in US history:
Guardian, September, 2010: “Barack Obama to Authorize Record $60bn Saudi Arms Sale – Biggest arms deal in US history”
Cluster bombs produced by the US are industrial-level versions of what the Boston Bombers tried to build using a commercially available pressure cooker.
Obama has himself previously planted and detonated banned cluster bombs in crowded civilian areas of Yemen and killed several times more civilians, including some 21 children and 5 pregnant women, than were killed in the Boston Bombing.
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