Chaos in rebel-controlled Yemen has left the Pentagon unable to monitor the vast arsenal it has supplied the country’s military.
The nation has been left leaderless after Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace last month amid fierce shelling, and prompted the resignation of the Western-backed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
The rebels, aligned with Iran, are now said to control the Yemeni military’s arms bases, giving them effective control of US-provided weaponry, including artillery and tanks, supplied as part of a counter al-Qaeda strategy avoiding use of US troops on the ground.
The Houthi official slogan and emblem includes the words: "Death to America, death to Israel, damnation to the Jews".
A US defense official told the Guardian the unrest has “limited our ability to conduct routine end-use monitoring checks and inspections we would normally perform”.