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‘An Awfully Expensive Hammer to Hit a Couple of Cheap Nails’

“Last Saturday’s strikes” against Islamic State “are indicative of a key complexity of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq and Syria,” Foreign Policy’s Justine Drennan writes at Stars and Stripes. “In throwing its hugely expensive 21st-century weaponry at a band of insurgents, the Pentagon is using planes that can cost nearly $200 million apiece against pickup trucks costing virtually pennies in comparison.”

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Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation.

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President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

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More Than 100 Killed in Explosion at Yemen Factory

The country is already in turmoil, to say the least, so Monday’s explosion at an ammunition factory in Yemen, which killed more than 100 people, had political ramifications even if the blast itself was accidental, as local sources reported.

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Blackwater Agrees to Pay $42 million in Fines

The company formerly known as Blackwater (now renamed Xe Services) has agreed to pay $42 million in fines, thereby avoiding criminal charges for the hundreds of alleged export violations it committed as a leading private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Aug 21, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jim Cole

U.S. Lifts Arms Sanctions on Russian Firms

The U.S. has lifted sanctions on several Russian arms dealers, government and private, who were accused of aiding Iran’s effort to develop nuclear weapons, as Washington works to win Moscow’s support for a Security Council resolution aimed at expanding sanctions against Iran.

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ETA May Drop Arms

In a potentially historic development for Spain, the political wing of the ETA—the Basque separatist group—has announced it will call for the organization to lay down its arms after 40 years. Leaders of the wing are urging the organization, which has been in decline, to focus on bringing the issue of separatism back to the center of Basque politics.

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British Arms Maker Pays Up

British defense giant BAE has agreed to pay the UK and U.S. governments almost $800 million in penalties after it finally admitted guilt in the face of long-running corruption allegations. The deal allows the company to avoid being placed on an international arms trade blacklist.

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U.S. Turns Up the Heat on Iran

The Obama administration is increasing the speed at which the U.S. is deploying military defenses in the Persian Gulf, putting ships and anti-missile systems in the area in response to worries about a possible Iranian missile attack and in an effort to put pressure on Tehran.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Russia Arms Myanmar Regime

While the U.S. is by far the world’s largest arms supplier, Russia has reportedly signed a deal with Myanmar—against which many in the West have imposed sanctions—to provide the country formerly known as Burma with 20 MiG-29 fighter planes. For, you know, uh, defense.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Ben Curtis

Hezbollah, Fearing War, Digs In

Hezbollah is reportedly prepping for another possible conflict with Israel, stocking up on arms and reinforcing fixed positions, as fears grow that the Netanyahu government will launch a new assault against Lebanon as a precursor to any attack against Iran and its nuclear facilities.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Business Is Booming

Even with a faltering economy and a slump in global arms sales overall, that industry is booming for the U.S., which increased its annual market share to more than two-thirds of all foreign arms deals in 2008. That means that 68.4 percent of armaments trades involve U.S. sales.

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Cluster Bomb Treaty Steps Forward

It looks like a pact to ban current cluster bomb designs will take another step forward, with more than 100 countries slated to sign the treaty in the next couple of days. However, the U.S., Russia and China—the largest cluster bomb manufacturers—so far have refused to sign on.

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Putin and the New ‘Arms Race’

Vladimir Putin isn’t taking the expansion of NATO and a planned missile shield lightly. The Russian president told his people: “It is already clear that a new phase in the arms race is unfolding in the world. ... It is not our fault, because we did not start it.” Flush with oil money, Russia is planning to beef up and flaunt its military capabilities in response.

Posted on Feb 8, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Those Ungrateful Saudis

Why is it that George W. Bush only gets a 12 percent favorability rating in Saudi Arabia?  Even Osama bin Laden and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scored higher in a poll last month by the nonpartisan Terror Free Tomorrow group. What ingrates those Saudis are—didn’t the Bush family save them twice from Saddam Hussein?

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U.S. Is No. 1 in Arms Sales to Developing Nations

Of all the ways to stand out on the world stage, this news about America’s global leadership surely does not represent the best possible distinction it could have earned: According to a congressional study released Monday, the U.S. beat out Russia and Britain to become the top seller of weapons to developing nations such as India and Pakistan in 2006.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Saudis Cautiously ‘Keen’ on Mideast Peace Talks

Hard to say whether the $20-billion arms package Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brought to the negotiating table with Saudi Arabia has anything to do with Saudi leaders cottoning to the idea of meeting with Israel, Palestinians and select other Mideast states later this year.

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Condi Pitches $20-Billion Mideast Arms Deal

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday revealed details of an extensive arms package totaling $20 billion for Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other nearby countries—along with a $30-billion 10-year plan for Israel—with the purported aim of shoring up Middle Eastern states against the potential regional threat posed by Iran.

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Israel Presses U.S. for Delivery of Antipersonnel Rockets

America is likely to send Israel a shipment of antipersonnel rockets whose broad and indiscriminate blast characteristics could inflict civilian casualties. The State Dept. is trying to delay delivery.

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Dream On, Condi

There is no way to soft-pedal it: The astounding rise of an anti-American firebrand like Moqtada al-Sadr is an indicator of how wide and complete a political defeat pro-Western forces have suffered in Iraq.

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