Intelligence: France Steps Up When America Backs Off

“A year ago, Saudi Arabia went to war with Shia rebels in northern Yemen, who were moving into Saudi Arabia. The Saudis asked the United States for satellite photos of the border area, but the United States refused, for fear of offending Yemen (which never had good relations with the Saudis). Saudi troops pushed the rebels back into Yemen, but had problems tracking the rebels in the mountains along the border. France then stepped up and provided satellite coverage, and suddenly the Saudi bombing missions became much more productive, and fewer civilians were killed.”

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