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Russia Snubs Saudi Threats Over Qatar Military Deal

Moscow (MEMO) – Russia will supply Qatar with an anti-aircraft missile system despite reported Saudi threats to take military action over the deal, the state-run Sputnik news agency reported. A Russian lawmaker made the remarks on Saturday after French daily Le Monde reported that the Saudi King had warned he might use force to prevent Qatar from acquiring the S-400 system. “Russia seeks its own […]

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Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior

New York (FAIR) – In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News’ 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis that’s left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera. […]

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Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

Tblisi (EAN) – The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO. Starting next spring, US Army officers will train Georgian soldiers on defensive tactics. The new initiative, to be called the Georgia […]

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UK Government ‘Woos’ Saudi Arabia With $2bn Loan

London (MEMO) – The UK Government has agreed to a $2 billion loan for a Saudi Arabian oil company at a time when global financial markets including London and New York are competing for the 2018 planned floatation of the Saudi oil giant Aramco. A spokesman for the Treasury confirmed a Financial Times report published today that the government was […]

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Russia & Turkey: The Arms Deal that Signals the Age of Pragmatism

Moscow (EAN) – If any single arms deal can capture the shifting nature of Russian cooperation in the post-Cold War era, it is the pending sale of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey that now looks increasingly likely to happen. The S-400 is an advanced integrated system capable of simultaneously tracking 300 targets and striking them from up […]

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Netanyahu’s Lawyer Could Have Received Cut in Defense Deal

Tel Aviv (MEM) – A state witness has told investigators that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer would have been paid $9 million if he ensured a submarine defence deal went ahead. David Shimron, who is also Netanyahu’s cousin, is suspected of lobbying defence officials whilst also standing to personally profit from the deal, according to the Times of […]

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Canada Investigates Saudi Arabia’s Use of Arms in Eastern Crackdown

Ottawa  (MEE) – At least five people were killed in restive Qatif province during the week as Saudi authorities attempt to crackdown on alleged Shiite militants. Canada warned on Saturday that it was reviewing reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian armoured vehicles in a crackdown in the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s Shiite-majority east, which has seen numerous civilians and […]

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Moscow, Baghdad Sign Huge Arms Deal

Baghdad  (SCF) – It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial». Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the […]

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Turkey: German Arms Sales Frozen; Travel Warning Issued for German Citizens

Berlin (AHT) – Germany has frozen all arms deliveries to Turkey, the Bild newspaper reported on July 21, amid a row between the NATO partners that has sharply worsened since the arrest of several rights activists in Istanbul, according the Turkish Newspaper Hurriyet Daily News. Berlin stepped up its travel advisory for Turkey on July 20 and warned it would review […]

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US-Qatar Agree to $12bn Military Jet Deal

Doha (MEE) – As crisis in Gulf simmers, US deal with Qatar may include as many as 36 F-15 fighter jets. US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah signed a letter of agreement on Wednesday for a $12bn sale of US-manufactured F-15 fighters, the Pentagon said. The sale comes amid a simmering crisis […]

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