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Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 23, 2010

The U.S. State Department has announced plans to sell up to $60 billion in high-tech military aircraft to Saudi Arabia.

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story in September offering details of the deal, reported that it is the largest U.S. overseas arms deal and will require congressional authorization for the acquisition of 84 new F-15s and upgrades to Saudi Arabia existing fleet of 70 F-15s.

The F-15 is manufactured by McDonnell Douglas.

The purchase, say military analysts and diplomats, aims to bolster the region’s defenses against Iran.

In addition, the arrival of F-15s to Saudi Arabia wouldn’t begin until 2015, the same year Tel Aviv is to take delivery of more advanced F-35s.

The State Department’s announcement of the deal also revealed that it would include up to 1,000 1-ton, bunker-buster bombs that would “enhance the capability of Saudi Arabia’s air force to bomb hardened bunkers and tunnels such as those that the West believes are used by Iran to hide nuclear and ballistic programs,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

The United States has sold up to $37 billion in arms to Persian Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait from 2005 to 2009.

On the other hand, Iran has reported advances in uranium exploration and mining. Officials said the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization has overseen a project to accelerate uranium exploration and mining. They said the Tehran regime has considered this a national priority in an effort to bolster Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran has produced more than 60 pounds of 20 percent enriched uranium for a research reactor in Tehran, an Iranian atomic energy official said.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said his country has produced around 66 pounds of 20 percent enriched uranium for research purposes, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reports.

What I believe is for sure there will be very horrifying days to come especially for Iran’s people and Middle Easterns in general.


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