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U.A.E. to purchase THAAD system from US 6, June 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, The Emirates.
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It appears that the U.A.E. will soon be purchasing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system from America for some $7 billion. The Emirates would be the first country in the world to buy such an advanced system from America.

THAAD systems are, I believe, essentially a more advanced, longer range Patriot missile defense systems. No prizes for guessing why the Emirates want to augment their Patriot shield with the THAAD.

Although this potential purchase was announced some time ago, there was always a question mark as to whether the US government/Congress would allow such advanced technology to be sold to the Emirates.

The down-side of this purchase is that it adds yet another system (in addition to existing Aegis and Patriot systems) that will need to be integrated in to the much mooted pan-GCC missile defense systems

US to give Lebanese ‘light attack’ planes 20, February 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, Lebanon.
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As’ad AbuKhalil, aka the Angry Arab, translates the news that America will sell Lebanon light attack aircraft into the language of real politick. Over the top, as always, but there is a clearly a kernel of truth there.

The US will not give Lebanon any weapons that can be effective against Israeli aggression, but is willing to give Lebanon weapons that can be effective against demonstrators, rebels and the Palestinian refugee camps.