Navy Has Seven Combat Ships Around Yemen as Saudi-led blockade Continues

By Dan Lamothe [Washington Post], April 17 - The U.S. Navy has seven combat ships in the waters around Yemen as the Saudi-led bombing campaign there continues, but U.S. troops are not participating in a Saudi naval blockade in the region, U.S. military officials said. The Navy regularly patrols the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea around Yemen, but the ships there now are deployed at a sensitive time...

Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States

Qatar is seeking to purchase Boeing F-15 fighters to replace its aging French Mirage jets, above. (Louisa Gouliamaki/Agence France-Presse) By MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER [New York Times], APRIL 18, 2015 - WASHINGTON — To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and...

Netanyahu to Putin: Lifting Missile Ban To Boost Iran Aggressiveness

Agence France-Presse [DefenseNews.com], April 14, 2015 - JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed Israel's "grave concerns" Tuesday over Moscow's decision to lift a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defense missile systems. In a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he warned that such a step "would only increase Iran's aggressiveness...

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