Tag: Yemen

Australian govt ‘took months to realise’ its citizens were being accused of war crimes in Yemen — RT World News

Australian govt ‘took months to realise’ its citizens were being accused of war crimes in Yemen

The Australian reports that it was only in July that an advisor to Australia’s then-Foreign Minister Julie Bishop began to ask questions about the role Australian citizens are playing in the Yemen war, as revealed in emails released through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“Has anyone heard about this ­previously?” the advisor asked in an email with a link to a blog post about the mercenaries. Staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade responded, saying there may have been a “vague accusation” made in the past.

The Australian reports the government does not appear to have been contacted by the ICC. “Under Australian law, it is an offence to engage in a hostile ­activity in a foreign country, unless serving in or with the armed forces of the government of a foreign country,” a DFAT spokesman told the news outlet.
Australian-UAE connections

The commander of the UAE’s Presidential Guard is an Australian general called Mike Hindmarsh, who reports directly to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. The Presidential Guard directs the UAE’s campaign in Yemen.

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In 2015, it was reported that Australian Phil Stitman was killed along with Colombian mercenaries in Yemen. They had been fighting alongside mercenaries from the US company Blackwater at the time. In 2016, reports of another Australian killed emerged in Yemeni media, which identified him as Jack Richardson.

via Australian govt ‘took months to realise’ its citizens were being accused of war crimes in Yemen — RT World News

US official opposes ditching support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A soldier stands on the back of a ute.

The United States strongly opposes discontinuing support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s war and will remain engaged in efforts to combat Iranian influence and Islamist militancy in the Arab state, a State Department official said.
Key points:

The US last month halted refuelling of aircraft from the coalition, blamed for air strikes that have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen
Peace talks are underway to address what is largely seen in the region as a proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran
The country is near one of the most important trade routes in the world for oil tankers

via US official opposes ditching support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Saudi-Led War on Yemen has Killed 85,000 Children

Trump, Israel, Australia, UK, and France wonder why the rest of the world is so pissed (ODT)

Some 85,000 children under the age of five may have died of acute malnutrition during the last three years of war in Yemen, the United Kingdom (UK)-based Save the Children announced yesterday.

“The number is equivalent to the entire under-five population in the UK’s second largest city of Birmingham,” Save the Children added.

via Saudi-Led War on Yemen has Killed 85,000 Children

Trump Ordered 70 Airstrikes in Yemen, Twice as Many as Last Year of Obama | Informed Comment

TeleSur | – – U.S. President Trump also greenlighted a group operation in Yemen in February that killed more than …

Source: Trump Ordered 70 Airstrikes in Yemen, Twice as Many as Last Year of Obama | Informed Comment