US senate: MbS behind Khashoggi murder; end support for Yemen war
December 14 2018 12:26 AM
Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The US Senate backed a resolution on Thursday to end US military support for the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen, defying President Donald Trump with a historic vote that underscored lawmakers' anger over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Although the measure would have to clear additional hurdles to become law, the 56-41 vote was the first time either chamber of Congress had backed a move to withdraw US forces from a foreign military engagement under the War Powers Act. That law, passed during the Vietnam War, limits the president's ability to commit US forces to potential hostilities without congressional approval.

Immediately after the vote on the war powers resolution, the Senate supported by unanimous consent another resolution saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (MbS) is responsible for Khashoggi's murder and insisting that Saudi Arabia hold accountable anyone responsible for his death.

Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and journalist for The Washington Post was killed by agents of the Saudi government on October2, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. -Reuters



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