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Crisis, US keep arms business at middle east


WASHINGTON  - Obama administration has decided to resume sales of sophisticated weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in two of the largest arms sale ever.
Deputy Director of the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Richard Genaille, said on Monday that $ 60 billion purchase of 84 F-15 fighter jet just by Saudi Arabia, 190 helicopters and various missiles, bombs and delivery systems, as well as accessories such as night vision goggles and warning radar system has been approved and running without delay, Bloomberg reported.
Pentagon officials added that the purchase of missile systems Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) by the UAE, valued at nearly 7 billion dollars, also have been allowed to continue.
The Defense Department expects 2011 fiscal year on arms exports exceed $ 46 billion compared with about $ 37.9 billion in the previous fiscal year.
The report comes as Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have helped the regime Al Khalifa of Bahrain to strengthen its defense measures against anti-government demonstrators.
"The Saudis are also using American equipment: American tank, the American soldiers and their carriers also use the Apache helicopter, which belonged to America," a Bahraini opposition leader, Saeed al-Shahabi, has told the Press TV.
Alison Weir, Executive Director "If American Knew" interviewed by Press TV, expressed concern about the sale of such weapons.
"I think every sale weapon is a concern. There are many Americans who do not want to see this happen and the fact that this will interfere for the future. There has been a small arms race - the fact that Israel has a large military that is actually the fourth or fifth in the world. So there we were a motivation for other countries in the region are also developing and expanding their military. "
According to this arms race has been going on for quite a long time and following a massive sale to Saudi Arabia were to increase this further.
Weir added, "There is the fact that we mejnual weapons to countries which then can be against us - the United States to sell weapons to Libya. Now we see the government of the United States and other world that supports the no-fly zones in this country and use of weapons against weapons has been sold to Libya by all these countries before.
"If they all want to have to help Libyans who are now trying to seek democracy, perhaps for the better simply by stopping arms sales worldwide, which in turn is used in humans. There are a lot of hypocrisy."
Meanwhile on Monday, the Saudi-backed troops captured Bahrain provocateur figure Mohammad al-Alawi and Sheikh Abdul Adim al-Mohtadi in the capital Manama.
It happened after the Bahrain government dismiss 30 doctors and 150 health care workers for supporting anti-government protests.
Saudi Arabia sends thousands of troops to neighboring countries in mid-March to help quell Shiite protests last month trying to bring down al-Khalifa dynasty.
Saudi and other Arab rulers fear that any concession by the rulers of Bahrain could embolden more protests against their own despotic rulers.
This is while the U.S. military, which has a Fifth Fleet base in Bahrain, has avoided describing the intervention of foreign troops in that country as an invasion.
Bahrain demonstrators said they would stay until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy and a proportional vote in the government are met, although their strength decreases rapidly.
Dozens of protesters have been killed and many others missing since the beginning of the revolution Bahrain.

Source :  sm

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