Sunday, July 30, 2006


US arms sales net ‘billions’

`The Bush administration spelled out plans overnight to sell $US4.6 billion ($6 billion) of arms to moderate Arab states, including battle tanks worth as much as $US2.9 billion ($3.78 billion) to protect critical Saudi infrastructure.

The announcement came two weeks after the administration said it would sell Israel its latest supply of JP-8 aviation fuel valued at up to $US210 million ($273.7 million) to help Israeli warplanes “keep peace and security in the region.”

The United States also rushed a delivery of precision-guided bombs requested by Israel after launching its airstrikes against Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon 17 days ago, The New York Times reported last week.’

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