[Marxism] New Wikileaks Cache: Yemen Files

Andrew Stewart hasc.warrior.stew at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 15:46:44 MST 2016


Today, Friday 25 November, WikiLeaks releases the Yemen Files. .

The Yemen Files are a collection of more than 500 documents from the United
States embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. Comprising more than 200 emails and 300
PDFs, the collection details official documents and correspondence
pertaining to the Office for Military Cooperation (OMC) located at the US
embassy. The collection spans the period from 2009 until just before the
war in Yemen broke out in earnest during March 2015. This time period
covers both Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State (20092013) and the
first two years of Secretary John Kerry’s tenure.

Julian Assange said: "The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally
displaced persons. 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
<https://wikileaks.org/saudi-cables/buying-silence>."

Yemen is of significant strategic interest as Yemen controls a narrow
choke-point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the
world's petroleum passes each day. In addition, Yemen borders Saudi Arabia
(to the north) and Oman (to the east) and has access to the Arabian Sea,
through which another 20% of the world's petroleum passes from the Strait
of Hormuz (including the oil of Saudi Arabia and Iran). Saudi Arabia seeks
to control a port in Yemen
<http://www.middleeasteye.net/essays/saudi-war-yemen-oil-pipeline-empowering-al-qaeda-1386143996>
to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by by Iran along
the Strait of Hormuz or by countries which can control its other oil
shipment path along the Red Sea.

The Yemen Files offer documentary evidence of the US arming, training and
funding of Yemeni forces in the years building up to the war. The documents
reveal, among other things, procurement of many different weapon types
<https://wikileaks.org/yemen-files/document/2014-OMC/OMC-037-14_Response_to_Procurement_Dept_Letters_%28MoD%29/>:
aircraft, vessels, vehicles, proposals for maritime border security control
and Yemeni procurement of US biometric systems
<https://wikileaks.org/yemen-files/document/2014-OMC/OMC-123-14_Response_to_Biometrics_LOR_%28MoD%29/OMC-123-14_Response_to_Biometrics_LOR_%28MoD%29.pdf>.


A US presence remained in the country until February 2015, when the US
closed its embassy due to the continuing unrest between different factions
in the country. The war broke out a month later.
https://wikileaks.org/yemen-files/document/

-- 
Best regards,

Andrew Stewart



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