Friday, May 5, 2017

A Deal Written by Blood; The US Sells Billions of Dollars of Arms to Saudi Arabia

Reuters reported that negotiations between the United States and Saudi Arabia over a big deal of arms package has reached to an agreement. According to the unnamed source of Reuters, tens of billions have been expensed by Saudis for a huge package that is being endowed to the aggressive country of the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia is announced as the first foreign destination of President Trump after taking the office. This has significant overtones for the countries of the region about US attitude towards the Middle east.

The US has sold four multi-mission surface combat ships costing more than $11.5 billion according to a contract between the two sides. Besides, a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, same as the one founded in South Korea recently, will be set up in Saudi Arabia with the expense of around $1 billion.

The countries have also been negotiating over a C2BMC software system and a package of satellite capabilities, also provided by Lockheed. The Bradley Fighting Vehicle and M109 artillery vehicle manufactured by BAE Systems PLC could also be included in the package.

Munitions like armor-piercing Penetrator Warheads and Paveway laser-guided bombs also costed around $1 billion.

The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US has been fading under the administration of Obama. Due to evidences of mass killing of civilians in Yemen by Saudis, Barack Obama halted the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia. Trump repealed the halt after taking the office.

According to the Human Rights Watch on Friday, about 81 illegal attacks were observed by the organization in Yemen war which have been majorly war crimes. Hospitals, schools, religious centers, and public places were among the major targets of Saudi strikes in Yemen.



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