As most of our readers know, the US has been providing fuel for the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes in Yemen since 2015--airstrikes that, according to the UN, are responsible for thousands of civilian casualties. Back in March, Senator Elizabeth Warren explicitly asked General Votel of US Central Command (CENTCOM), in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, whether CENTCOM tracks the missions that it refuels in Yemen, and whether CENTCOM can assess whether US fuel or US-made munitions are used in air raids targeting civilians. General Votel responded that CENTCOM does not, and that he does not believe they are, respectively.
A recent report from The Intercept, however, covered a leaked “US intelligence report” assessing a May 14 coalition strike. The strike used a US-made precision-guided munition and narrowly missed killing a dozen civilians in Yemen. The intelligence report included a “minute-by-minute account” of the airstrike and comments from an American intelligence analyst stating that the strike “fail[ed] to follow proper procedure even though safeguards are in place,” suggesting that the United States can and does track coalition raids that use US munitions.