Anti-war groups target Lankford in national ad campaign

November 21, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several national anti-war groups are publishing full-page newspaper ads in several states, including Oklahoma, to pressure U.S. senators to end the country’s role in the conflict in Yemen.

The four groups announced plans Wednesday to run advertisements on Thanksgiving Day in papers in Oklahoma and South Carolina. Similar ads are expected to run Sunday in Nevada and Alabama.

In Oklahoma, the group is targeting U.S. Sen. James Lankford, urging him to support a bipartisan bill to end U.S. participation in the war. Lankford’s office declined comment, saying they hadn’t seen the ad.

A U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition has been battling rebels since March 2015 to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government to power. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and pushed much of the country to the brink of starvation.

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