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State: $33bn in GCC weapon sales in 11 months

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State: $33bn in GCC weapon sales in 11 months
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The US State Department has facilitated $33 billion worth of weapons sales to its Arab Gulf allies since May 2015, according to the Defense News Magazine.

The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have received weapons including ballistic missile defense capabilities, attack helicopters, advanced frigates and anti-armor missiles, according to David McKeeby, a spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

"Consistent with the commitments we made to our Gulf partners at the Camp David summit last May, we have made every effort to expedite sales. Since then, the State and Defense departments have authorized more than $33 billion in defense sales to the 6 Gulf Coordination Council countries," McKeeby told Defense News.

"In addition, the U.S. government and industry also delivered 4,500 precision-guided munitions to the GCC countries in 2015, including 1,500 taken directly from U.S. military stocks — a significant action given our military’s own needs," he added.

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