US Congress Plans to Approve $1 Bln Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

25 March, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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"The proposed sale of TOW 2B missiles and technical support will advance Saudi Arabia's efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability", the department said.

"This proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security objectives by improving the security of a friendly country", the US Defense Department said in a statement.

The US Senate killed on Tuesday a resolution seeking an end to US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

According to Reuters, the sale - which became public as Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis - will include Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) missiles.

The U.S. military drastically stepped up its air campaign in Yemen previous year, conducting more than six times as many airstrikes as in 2016, according to data from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).


The spare vehicle parts, meanwhile, will "allow the Royal Saudi Land Forces Ordnance Corps to continue to purchase needed spare/repair parts to maintain Saudi Arabia's fleet of M1A2 Abrams Tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs), M198 Towed Howitzers", among other vehicles, according to a separate notice from DSCA released on the same day. They have stood by the United Nations-recognized government, and we are going to end this war. "That's the bottom line".

"But this has not deterred the U.S., the United Kingdom and other states, including France, Spainand Italy, from continuing transfers of billions of dollars' worth of such arms", Maalouf added. Co-sponsored by three members of the Senate - Sens. The measure, which called for the end of the US role in the war, was co-sponsored by three members representing the full ideological spectrum of the Senate - Sens.

Congress now has 30 days to block the whole or parts of the sale through a privileged resolution under the AECA.

The proposed deals to Riyadh include a Dollars 670 million sale for more than 6,600 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) 2B missiles, and a USD 300 million sale for spare vehicle parts for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Ordnance Corps, The Hill reported.

To save the lives of innocent women and children in Yemen, let's hope Congress says no more sales to Saudi Arabia. She is the co-author of "Dissent: Voices of Conscience".

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