Grassroots Power at Work: U.S. Ends Transfer of Cluster Bombs to Saudi Arabia

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter places his hand over his heart as the National Anthem is played during an honor cordon welcoming the Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to the Pentagon for a meeting May 13, 2015. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released) Secretary of Defense Ash Carter places his hand over his heart as the National Anthem is played during an honor cordon welcoming the Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to the Pentagon for a meeting May 13, 2015. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

Today, in the latest shift in U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia, the White House put a hold on the transfer of cluster munitions to the Kingdom. For decades, the U.S. has approved massive arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, and since March 2015, the U.S. has been providing military support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. In 2013, the U.S. authorized the transfer of $641 million worth of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

As we previously reported, cluster bombs are banned by over 100 countries and for good reason:

By design, these weapons disperse bomblets over large areas, making their use…

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