How the Saudis ended up with so many American weapons

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How the Saudis ended up with so many American weapons
And why they want more.

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Saudi Arabia and the US have a partnership that’s been in the making for over seven decades. It started after World War II and survived the Iranian Revolution, the Cold War, the Gulf War, September 11, and the proliferation of conflicts across the Middle East. This whole time, the US has been selling weapons to Saudi Arabia — now its number one customer. Saudis bought bombs, tanks, guns, and planes over the years to defend themselves from various threats. The US supplied those weapons because the Saudi’s threats have usually been a threat to the US as well.

Today, there’s a shift in the relationship. Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian disaster in the world – and thrown the Middle East into chaos. The problem is, the Saudis are using US bombs to do it.

Sources:
US-Saudi arms agreements data: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Arab-Israeli arms race: Congressional Research Service and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
US-Saudi arms policy: Center for International Policy and the Brookings Institute
Yemen airstrikes: Human Rights Watch
Dahyan, Yemen, school bus bombing: Bellingcat

Additional reading:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/09/a-saudi-princes-quest-to-remake-the-middle-east

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/saudi-military/#graphic-sales

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Since the 1930s

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/persian-gulf/1975-10-01/persian-gulf-arms-race-or-arms-control

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