US Still Training Saudi Pilots After Yemen School Bus Attack

SANNA — Despite attempts by Amer­ican officials to distance the US from the Saudi-led carnage against the people of Yemen, new documents have revealed that the Pentagon is plan­ning to resume training programs for Saudi pilots.

The US Air Force has recently put out request for information (RFI) forms, calling on contrac­tors to come forward with pricing and availability details for training no less than 41 Royal Saudi Air Force personnel, the web­site The Young Turks net­work reported Thursday.

While there are no de­tails available about the program’s starting dates, a submis­sion deadline of September 24 for the RFIs shows that the program is slated to begin in near future.The Pentagon has posted another docu­ment that lays out the required training instructors, noting that the objective would be to train Saudi pilots for operating the F-15 fighter jets.

The records even mention weap­ons-specific training, including “F-15S Weapons School Instructor Pilot” and “Air Battle Manager/Weapons School Weapons Director Instructor.”

Considered the backbone of Saudi Arabia’s air force, the F-15s have been used to carry out the bulk of the thousands of airstrikes that Riyadh and its allies have carried out on Yemeni cities since the un­provoked war began in March 2015.

More interestingly, the RFI forms went online less than two weeks after a Saudi warplane tar­geted a Yemeni school bus in Sa’ada, killing 40 children. Ironically, an American-made 500-pound (227 kilo­gram) laser-guided bomb was used to hit the bus.

The attack caused much uproar, forcing US officials, who first re­fused to address it, to react.

On Tuesday, US media report­ed that the Pentagon had report­edly warned Riyadh that it will reduce intelligence and military support for the kingdom unless necessary action is taken to limit civilian casualties.

 

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