(CNN) American-made weaponry has fallen into the hands of rival militia groups in Yemen some of whom have turned their arms against each other in a bitter and worsening conflict a new CNN investigation has found. Fresh evidence shows that military hardware that was supplied to US allies has been distributed in contravention of arms deals to militia groups including UAE-backed separatists. They are now using it to fight the Saudi-supported forces of the internationally recognized government who are also armed with US weapons. These new findings follow an exclusive investigation by CNN in February which traced US-made equipment that was sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The weapons were being passed to non-state fighters on the ground in Yemen including al Qaeda-linked fighters hardline Salafi militias and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels the report found in violation of arms sales law
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