US worries grow over Saudi campaign in Yemen


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the al-Qaida offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland.

The U.S. initially backed the bombing campaign. But amid rising concerns about the civilian death toll are new fears that arms supplied to pro-government forces by the Saudis and their coalition partners may fall into the hands of terrorists.

U.S. officials said Friday that Secretary of State John Kerry may visit Saudi Arabia next week to discuss the issues. Kerry had planned to extend his current trip to Sri Lanka and Africa with a stop in Israel, but the officials said he’ll likely re-route to Riyadh instead.