Angered by 9/11 Victims Law, Saudis Rethink U.S. Alliance | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2016-09-30T10:05:25-04:00
"The United States has a large military presence throughout the gulf, with training missions in Saudi Arabia and large bases in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The United States also cooperates with Saudi Arabia in military operations in Yemen and elsewhere"

"Ties between the two nations have expanded enormously since [1945], as the United States has sought a steady supply of oil and a partner in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia has sought the security of protection from an international power. Other links have developed as well ... the Saudi government has invested billions of dollars in American military technology and the countries’ intelligence services have shared information on terrorist threats." Full story here.

Also see: Saudi Arabian officials say arms deal with Canada an act of friendship | The Globe and Mail

"The Saudi denial about the use of the LAVs in Yemen has been contradicted by information published on social-media sites. Photos on the official Twitter site of the Saudi National Guard in late 2015 showed columns of combat vehicles moving near the Yemeni border that were identified by experts contacted by The Globe as Canadian-made LAVs."

And: Yemen: Evidence indicates US-made bomb was used in attack on MSF hospital | Amnesty International

"[S]tates have continued to supply the Saudi Arabia-led coalition with weapons, including guided and general purpose aerial bombs and combat aircraft, despite stark evidence that those arms are being used to attack hospitals and other civilian objects and in other serious violations of international humanitarian law."

Finally: Defense Secretary: 9/11 lawsuit bill is "devastating" to the military | CBS News

“I’ve got concerns about what this bill is going to mean to America,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. “It’s the blowback to us because we’re the most involved in the world. You end up exporting your foreign policy to trial lawyers. ... Obama said foreign governments would be able to act “reciprocally” and allow their courts to exercise jurisdiction over the United States and its employees for allegedly causing injuries overseas through American support to third parties. He cited as notional examples actions that might be taken overseas by U.S.-backed armed militias and the improper use by foreign forces of U.S. military equipment.”

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