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June 16, 2016
Senators look to block U.S. sale of bombs to Saudis for bombing of Yemen
Washington (UPI) Jun 10, 2016
Two U.S. senators have introduced an amendment to the 2017 defense bill that would limit sales of U.S. bombs to Saudi Arabia until the country takes steps to mitigate the civilian suffering in the war against Yemen's Houthi rebels. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and co-sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would also halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia until the country can show it's made a concerted effort to combat terrorist organizations like al-Qaida and ISIS. The amendm ... read more

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