The United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to an arms deal worth seven billion dollars, bypassing Congress.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, told the leaders of several congressional committees the president was claiming a national emergency existed because of a purported threat from Iran and was, as a result, giving permission for 22 arms deals with around $8bn (£6.3bn).independent.co.uk
A number of members of congress, which had already voted for the US to terminate its support for Saudi’s military operation against Yemen – a resolution Mr Trump vetoed – fear the weapons could be used in those bombing operations, which have resulted in widespread civilian injuries.
This deals comes days after Saudi Arabia’s neighbor Iran, fired rockets near a US Embassy in Baghdad.
BAGHDAD — A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Sunday night, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said.politico.com
The apparent attack, which Iraq’s state-run news agency said did not cause any casualties, came amid heightened tensions across the Persian Gulf, after the White House ordered warships and bombers to the region earlier this month to counter an alleged, unexplained threat from Iran. The U.S. also has ordered nonessential staff out of its diplomatic posts in Iraq.
Trump Tweeted not long after this incident:
Sounds to me like things are heating up a bit. Dare I say we’re getting Iran’s neighbors and our allies ready for war?
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