No THAAD Sytems To Saudi As US Senate Blocks $8 Billion Arms Sales To Riyadh

June 24, 2019

Defense World:

Saudi Arabia will not be able to acquire the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems as the United States (US) senate has blocked $8 Billion arms sales to Riyadh and its allies, owing to their interference in the Yemen conflict.

The Republican-led Senate joined the Democrats in a symbolic rebuke to President Donald Trump who had claimed earlier this year that “emergency” circumstances require Washington to provide Riyadh with more precision-guided bombs because of Iranian threats. This is the first time the Senate has advanced legislation to block arms sales, after two failed attempts to block separate sales to Riyadh in 2016 and 2017.

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