A CNN investigation has found that Saudi Arabia and its allies have broken an agreement with the U.S. by transferring American-made weapons to al-Qaeda-linked fighters, Salafi militias, and other factions fighting in Yemen.
Iranian-backed rebels have also gotten a hold of some of the weapons, which exposes military technology to Tehran and potentially endangers U.S. troops in conflict zones.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have used U.S. weapons to buy favor of certain militias and tribes and influence the political landscape.
Giving U.S. military equipment to third parties is a violation of the terms of the arms sale with the U.S. according to the Department of Defense. A U.S. defense official confirmed that there is an investigation into the issue following the release of the CNN findings.
It is possible that the U.S. has lost control of a dangerous ally, and Saudi Arabia should not be allowed to continue buying U.S. weapons.
Following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, Congress is in the midst of deciding "whether to force an end to the Trump administration's support for the Saudi coalition." The new information could influence their decision.
Saudi Arabia relies on the U.S. weapons to fuel their war with Yemen. The conflict has already killed tens of thousands of people.
After the death of Khashoggi, Trump said it would not be a good idea to cancel the multi-billion dollar arms deals with the Saudis.
"I don't want to lose all of that investment being made into our country," he said.