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Mattis secretly advised Arab monarch on Yemen war, records show

Posted on AllSides February 6th, 2024
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Kat Brooks/The Washington Post; Melina Mara/The Washington Post; Tech. Sgt. Brigitte Brantley/Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs; iStock

Soon after his country began bombing Yemen in 2015, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates confidentially reached out to an old friend: retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who also served as the deputy supreme commander of the Emirati military, needed help. The UAE was part of a coalition of Arab countries that had intervened in Yemen’s civil war to fight Iran-backed Houthi rebels. But the coalition’s bombing campaign was killing large numbers of civilians and doing little to deter the Houthis.


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