By Nicholas Reeves The US and its allies are fighting a war on terror.
They’re waging war against Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and a host of other violent extremists.
The US government has claimed it’s fighting the war on terrorism to stop attacks like 9/11 and the Charleston massacre.
But its bombing campaigns have targeted civilians, including many in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.
This week, the US announced a $1.1 billion aid package for Yemen, and the US military is ramping up drone strikes against al Qaeda-linked militants.
In a new report, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warns that the US is committing war crimes against Yemen, a country that’s been devastated by a decade of war, which is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since the war started.
US military officials have told the ICG that Yemen has “lost more than 100,000 civilians since 2014,” with over 40,000 killed and more than one million displaced.
The report’s authors say the war in Yemen is not about the threat posed by Al Qaeda or ISIS, but the US-led coalition’s attempt to oust the Houthi regime.
The war in the country has caused the deaths of over half a million people, the ICGs report says.
In the war, the Houthis, who control the capital, Sanaa, are trying to hold on to power by a series of military victories.
But they’ve suffered devastating casualties, with over half the population forced to flee to Saudi Arabia or Jordan, while many others have been driven from their homes by the Houths’ siege.
“Yemen is the most vulnerable country in the region in terms of the impact of war,” said the report’s co-author, Richard Gowans, the director of the ICGS.
“It has been at the mercy of the Saudi-led war on Yemen for so long that the population of the country is already feeling the effects of this.
The situation is not sustainable and will only worsen if this war continues.”
Gowans believes that the war has been used to consolidate US hegemony in the Middle East.
He argues that the Houthisi regime is using the war to consolidate its power in the area, particularly after the US and other Western nations refused to help the Yemeni government with reconstruction and other projects, fearing it would turn to Iran.
Gowans also points to a lack of support from the US for the Saudi intervention in Yemen.
The Saudi-US war on the Houthizas has left a gaping hole in the Yemeni economy, and has also resulted in the displacement of millions of Yemenis.
The conflict has also led to a spike in child mortality, with more than 400,000 children now being under the age of five, according to the UN.
The United Nations has also warned that children’s lives are at risk, as the war continues.
The Houthis have been battling for control of the capital Sanaa since March 2015.
They took over the capital after the Houthes fled to Saudi-backed forces and the United Arab Emirates.
The Saudis have been bombing the Houthias in Yemen for almost five years, but have so far failed to achieve any lasting political change.
The UN has repeatedly warned that the Saudi war on Al Qaeda and ISIS is a war against all Muslims, including Yemenis, and should be stopped.
Gowan believes the US government and US media are also guilty of failing to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a matter of international law.
“This war is about US hegemony and its power,” he said.
“The war is also about US support for the Saudis.
They are fighting the Saudis to destroy the Yemeni state.
This war has a lot of political ramifications.
It has destabilized the entire region, and this is one of the reasons why the US has not made any progress in trying to end it.”