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Trump Administration Split Over Response to Deaths of Yemeni Children

Trump Administration Split Over Response to Deaths of Yemeni Children by Dion Nissenbaum – Wall Street Journal

The botched bombing last month of a Yemeni school bus by a Saudi-led military coalition has ignited a new debate in the Trump administration about how much military support the U.S. should provide its Gulf allies in the three-year-old conflict.

Competing factions within the administration are at odds over the best way to prevent more of the errant airstrikes by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen.

According to people familiar with the debate, some officials at the State Department have urged the administration to scale back its military support. Meanwhile, others at the White House National Security Council want to see the U.S. provide more intelligence and advice when the Saudi-led coalition is carrying out risky strikes, such as the one on Aug. 9 that mistakenly targeted the Yemeni school bus, killing more than 40 children…

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