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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Obama administration is poised to announce the sale of nearly $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia.
Officials say the deal will send 84 new fighter jets and upgrades for 70 more, for a total of $29.4 billion.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the sale has not been made public.
About a year ago, the administration got the go-ahead from Congress for a 10-year, $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that included F-15s, helicopters and a broad array of missiles, bombs and delivery systems, as well as radar warning systems and night-vision goggles.
The plan raised concerns particularly from pro-Israeli lawmakers, but U.S. officials reassured Congress that Israel’s military edge would not be undercut by the sale.
Remember, Obama approved an $820 million deal for AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to Egypt, while blocking a similar request from Israel.
He’s also letting Yemen’s president come to the U.S. for “medical treatment” – even though Yemen harbors jihadists and would not commit to cooperating with the U.S. on counter terror activities after receiving millions of taxpayer dollars.
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