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Senate Blocks Huge Arms Sale To Saudis; Trump Pledges Veto

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It’s the second time this year Republicans and Democrats have come together to oppose President Trump’s policy towards Riyadh.

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Iranian Missile Misfires As Other Attacks Hit Home

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Israeli sources expressed alarm that neither Israel, the US, nor allied Arab nations picked up any advance warning of what appear to have been well-planned, well-executed, and increasingly destructive attacks by Iranian and proxy forces.

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UPDATED: Centcom Confirms Reaper Shoot Down, Says Iran And Houthis Fired At Drones

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A day after two commercial tankers are hit in the Gulf of Oman, reports emerge the Houthis are firing — and hitting — US aircraft.

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GOP & Dems Fight Trump To Stop $8B Saudi, UAE Arms Deals

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A key Trump ally, Sen. Lindsay Graham, bucks the White House on its proposed $8 billion arms sale.

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Adam Smith: Doubts $750B Budget, Praises Army, Downplays Yemen War Powers Bill

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The presumptive House Armed Services chairman, Adam Smith outlined his agenda for reporters this morning in a wide-ranging discussion laced with his trademark tactical snark. While many of his stances were unsurprising — he wants equal treatment for transgender troops, less spending on new nuclear ICBMs, and zero border-wall funding carved out of the… Keep reading →

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Mattis Slams Putin; Says No ‘Smoking Gun’ on Khashoggi Murder

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REAGAN DEFENSE FORUM: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Russia of trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being “duplicitous” in violating international treaties. The secretary’s statements come one day after President Trump chatted on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina with Putin, this after Trump cancelled… Keep reading →

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Halt Refueling Of Saudi Warplanes; Defensive Arms Sales OK: SASC’s Jack Reed

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WASHINGTON: Stop refueling Saudi warplanes as they fly to and fro, bombing, strafing and generally laying waste to Yemen. Freeze the sale of offensive weapons to the Kingdom of Saud. But the sale of defensive weapons is another matter, Sen. Jack Reed told reporters this morning. The danger posed by Houthi missiles and other threats… Keep reading →

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Mattis Supports Saudi War in Yemen, Rejects Privatizing Afghan Fight

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“The training we have given them we know has paid off,” Mattis said of the Saudis. “We have had pilots in the air who recognize the danger of a specific mission and declined to drop even when they get the authority. We have seen staff procedures that put no-fire areas around areas where there’s hospitals or schools.”

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Israel Spends With Eye On Iran Strikes In Shifting Mideast

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TEL AVIV: Israel is preparing to buy a range of new weapons in preparation for a possible attack on Iran should that country appear to restart efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. Israel has reportedly already invested more than $2 billion preparing for a possible attack against Iran. On Israel’s shopping list: a new aerial refueling… Keep reading →

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Houthi Missiles: The Iran Connection; Scuds Are Not Dead Yet

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Figure 1: Launch of a Yemeni Burkan 2-H missile on December 19th 2017. DEN HELDER, Netherlands: The Saudi and US governments have accused Iran of manufacturing ballistic missile used in attacks by Houthis against targets in Saudi Arabia. The longest-ranged flights reached Riyadh, a distance of roughly 950 km, with a missile called the Burkan 2-H… Keep reading →

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