Thu Feb 2, 2017 10:18AM
This file photo shows US forces in Yemen.
This file photo shows US forces in Yemen.
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The United States Central Command has said a recent US attack on al-Qaeda terrorists in impoverished Yemen “likely” left civilians dead. US officials maintain that their commandos killed 14 members of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the civilian deaths occurred when US aircraft were called for help.

A former US Army officer and political commentator says the United States has “no jurisdiction” over Yemen, adding that its involvement in the Saudi war on the impoverished Arab country is “totally unconstitutional.”

“This is the Saudi Arabian genocide of the Yemeni people and political structure in an attempt to try and take over that part of the Arabian Peninsula and really [US President Donald] Trump needs to take a look at the financing of terrorism that has come from Saudi Arabia to arm any of these al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the first place,” Scott Bennett told Press TV in an interview on Thursday.

He also noted the situation is “very messy” and it requires a “surgical analysis by President Trump, arguing that he cannot simply continue the policies of former US president Barack Obama in giving a “blank slate” to Saudi Arabia.

The commentator further opined that Trump has no “operational understanding” of the various battlefields that the US military is involved with covertly as well as overtly.

However, he said, Trump is trying to see where all of the American military forces are in order to pull them back.

Bennett further stated it has been “standard business procedure” for the US military to continue its daily operations of conflict for the past eight years.

“It is sickening, it is outrageous and it is a violation of the national sovereignty of Yemen, it is a violation of the world nations and their sovereignty but we have to back away from it and I think Trump is going to,” he added.

The commentator further predicted that when Trump becomes aware that Saudi Arabia has been financing a lot of the terrorism that the US forces are getting killed over, he would detach Washington from Riyadh.