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US Congress continues its call to curtail US military support in Yemen’s civil war

14 February 2019

Backlash against Saudi Arabia continues in Washington and may lead to President Donald Trump issuing his first legislative veto since taking office.

The House of Representatives, now controlled by Democrats, passed a Yemen war powers resolution on 13 February stating that US forces have to cease support for any operations in the country other than those directed at "Al-Qaeda or associated forces" within 30 days.

Senators, which passed similar legislation in 2018, will now have to approve the bill before it heads to Trump's desk to be signed into law. The administration, however, has remained steadfast in its support for Saudi Arabia and warned that pulling it would only empower Iran and hamper US interests in the region.

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