» 07/30/2012, 00.00
GERMANY - US - MIDEAST
Berlin and Washington to sell weapons to Mideast nations to boost Mideast stability
The German government confirms talks are underway to sell tanks to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The US plans to strengthen Kuwait defence with missile and radar systems. Some experts warn this might harm human rights and increase the power of local dictatorships.
12/08/2016 16:06:00 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Washington approves US$ 1.5 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia
The contract includes 130 tanks, other weapons and military assistance. Riyadh vows to fight Islamic State but uses its weapons mostly against its rivals in the region. Only ten Saudi fighters are involved in the anti-Daesh coalition, but one hundred are used in Yemen against Houthi Shias. For French diplomat, through money flows and arms sales the West has created its own enemy.
29/08/2012 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Saudi Arabia, a weapons manufacturer's best friend
In 2011, the United States tripled weapons sales thanks to Saudi purchases. The Middle East remains the best market for weapons sales. Riyadh buys 84 fighter planes and dozens of helicopters. The United Arab Emirates buy a missile defence shield and helicopters. Market is driven by fears of an Iranian attack and support for the Syrian rebellion.
17/11/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Washington in arms deal with Saudi Arabia for $ 1.29 billion
The deal is for arms and spare parts. Weapons would include 13 thousand "smart" bombs. Congress has 30 days to approve the agreement, but in all likelihood will give go ahead. Axis between the US and Saudis strengthens, after the tensions over the Iranian nuclear deal. Middle East world’s largest arms market.
21/12/2015 SAUDI ARABIA – QATAR – US
Al Jazeera’s self-censorship: an op-ed that criticises (Qatar’s ally) Saudi Arabia is deleted
The news network’s US affiliate posted the article by a law professor that criticised the human rights situation in the Kingdom. The latter uses terrorism as an excuse for human rights abuses. At present, it appears that Riyadh plans to execute 50 people on a single day. The Qatar-based network removed the offending op-ed and blocked it outside the US.
28/06/2016 17:54:00 JORDAN – UNITED STATES – SAUDI ARABIA
CIA, Saudi weapons for anti-Assad rebels end up on Jordan’s black market
An expensive programme co-sponsored by the CIA and Saudi Arabia to supply weapons and train anti-Assad rebels derails after corrupt Jordanian officials sell weapons on the black market. Some might have ended in Jihadi hands; others might have been used to kill Americans on at least one occasion.
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