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US official: Saudi arms deal warning to Iran
September 19, 2010
US administration and Pentagon officials told the New York Times Friday President Barak Obama is preparing to seek Congressional approval for a huge arms sale to Saudi Arabia, “mainly intended as a building block for Middle East regional defenses to box in Iran.”
According to the NYT report, the key element of the sale would be scores of new F-15 combat aircraft, along with more than 175 attack and troop-transport helicopters and, if subsequent negotiations are successful, ships and antimissile defenses.
NYT said the deal has been put together “in quiet consultations with Israel, which has sought assurances that it will retain its technological edge over Saudi forces, even as Saudi Arabia improves its ability to face down a shared rival, the Iranians.”
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